Show ContentsMcCumber History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McCumber surname comes from the Gaelic MacComaidh, which is in turn from MacThomaidh or MacThom. The same Gaelic names have often been Anglicized Thomson. 1

Early Origins of the McCumber family

The surname McCumber was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

"The 'b' was introduced into the name about the end of the eighteenth century. MacComy was a common surname in Breadalbana 250 and more years ago. The Glenshee MaacComies date their rise from the latter half of the fourteenth century. They appear as a distinct family in Glenshee in the sixteenth century, and in a feu-charter of the lands of Finnegand and Glenbeg granted in 1571 to John M'Comy Moir they are described as being 'ab antiquo' tenants and possessors of these lands." 1

Early History of the McCumber family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCumber research. Another 254 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1508, 1540, 1542, 1556, 1586, 1587, 1595, 1623, 1638, 1644, 1645, 1663, 1696, 1760 and 1890 are included under the topic Early McCumber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCumber Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacComb, MacCombe, MacCombie, MacCombs, MacCome, MacComie, McCome, McKComb, Mackcome, McComey, Coomey and many more.

Early Notables of the McCumber family

More information is included under the topic Early McCumber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCumber Ranking

In the United States, the name McCumber is the 15,127th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2

Ireland Migration of the McCumber family to Ireland

Some of the McCumber family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McCumber migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCumber Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Russell McCumber, aged 19, who immigrated to America, in 1918
  • Burton McCumber, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Gail B. McCumber, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1921
  • Gale McCumber, aged 52, who immigrated to the United States, in 1922
  • C. McCumber, aged 51, who immigrated to the United States, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCumber (post 1700) +

  • Victoria McCumber, American actress, known for her work on Dwelling (2015)
  • Glenn McCumber, American actor and assistant director, known for John Freeman Story (2014), Rarebit (2014) and Survivor Type (2013)
  • Mark Tyler McCumber (b. 1991), American professional golfer, son of Mark McCumber
  • Mark Randall McCumber (b. 1951), American golfer, ten-time winner on the PGA tour
  • Porter James McCumber (1858-1933), American Republican politician, Member Dakota territorial council, 1887-88; U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1899-1923 3
  • Porter J. McCumber (1858-1933), American politician, United States Senator from North Dakota (1899-1923)

The McCumber Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Don't touch the cat without a glove.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook