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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McCutcheon is Hugh or from the Old French word Huchon.

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The surname McCutcheon was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McCutcheon has appeared as Hutcheson, Hutchison, Huchison, MacCutcheon, MacHutcheon, MacCutchin, MacCutchan, MacCutchen, MacCutchon and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCutcheon research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1662, 1694, 1746, 1659, 1740, 1713, 1727 and are included under the topic Early McCutcheon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCutcheon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McCutcheon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McCutcheon were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McCutcheon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Phedris McCutcheon, who landed in New England in 1719

McCutcheon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert McCutcheon, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • William McCutcheon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Samuel McCutcheon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Hugh McCutcheon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • David McCutcheon, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844


McCutcheon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Jas McCutcheon, aged 38, who emigrated to America from New York, in 1903
  • James McCutcheon, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Douglas, Scotland, in 1904
  • Francis McCutcheon, aged 32, who landed in America from Douglas, Scotland, in 1904
  • Chrissie McCutcheon, aged 0, who emigrated to the United States from Larkhall, in 1904
  • H. Louise McCutcheon, who settled in America, in 1906


McCutcheon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James McCutcheon, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • John McCutcheon, aged 20, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838

McCutcheon Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Alex McCutcheon, aged 60, who settled in Coburg, Ont., in 1905
  • Agnes McCutcheon, aged 24, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1911
  • David S. McCutcheon, aged 33, who emigrated to Calgary, Canada, in 1912
  • Ethel McCutcheon, aged 24, who emigrated to Calgary, Canada, in 1912
  • Gordon McCutcheon, aged 6, who settled in Calgary, Canada, in 1912


McCutcheon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Charles McCutcheon, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Elizabeth McCutcheon, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

McCutcheon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • S. McCutcheon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
  • Hugh McCutcheon, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870

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  • Lawrence McCutcheon (b. 1950), American NFL football player
  • General Keith B. McCutcheon (1915-1971), U.S. Marine Corps aviator seeing combat in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and ten Air Medals
  • Shaw McCutcheon (b. 1921), American editorial cartoonist
  • John T. McCutcheon (1870-1949), American political cartoonist
  • John McCutcheon (b. 1952), American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist
  • George Barr McCutcheon (1866-1928), American popular novelist and playwright
  • Daylon McCutcheon (b. 1976), American college football player, son of Lawrence McCutcheon
  • Bill McCutcheon (1924-2002), American Emmy and Tony award winning actor
  • Mr. Thomas Mccutcheon (d. 1915), Irish Fireman from County Cavan, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • William McCutcheon (1870-1949), Welsh international rugby player

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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: Memor esto
Motto Translation: Be mindful.

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The McCutcheon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCutcheon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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