McElligott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The chronicles of the McElligott family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the McElligott family lived in Liddesdale and Teviotdale where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages. The name is actually derived from the Old English personal name Elwald or Aelfwald, but this name is now all but extinct as a personal name.
"A William Aliot came into England with the Conqueror, and the name seems to be connected with Alis and Ellis." 
Early Origins of the McElligott family
The surname McElligott was first found in Liddesdale, and Teviotdale. Although originally from Elliott, a village near Forfar, this Clan was persuaded by the Douglases to move south to help defend the border in 1396. There they became one of the most influential clans. Some of the notable personalities were "Archie Fire the Braes," "Hob of the Park," "Little Jock of the Park," "Jock Half Lugs," "Jock A'God's Name," "Gibbe Wi' the Gowden Gartens."
Early History of the McElligott family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McElligott research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1546, 1898, 1592, 1632, 1636, 1668, 1604, 1690, 1612, 1685, 1640, 1665, 1714, 1700, 1670, 1797 and are included under the topic Early McElligott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McElligott Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. McElligott has been written Elliott, Elliot, Eliot, Eliott, Ellegett, Ellegot, Ellecot, Ellacott, Ellacot, Ellgate, Ellett, Ellit and many more.
Early Notables of the McElligott family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir John Eliot (1592-1632), an English statesman who was serially imprisoned in the Tower of London by King Charles I for advocating the rights and privileges of Parliament; George Elliott (ca. 1636-1668), English surgeon to the Earl of Teviot's Regiment; John Eliot (c. 1604-1690), English Puritan missionary to the American Indians from Widford, Hertfordshire; John Eliot...
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McElligott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In the United States, the name McElligott is the 14,243rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the McElligott family to Ireland
Some of the McElligott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McElligott migration to the United States +
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McElligott:
McElligott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John McElligott, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1873 
Contemporary Notables of the name McElligott (post 1700) +
- Peter P. McElligott (b. 1878), American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1909-19 (New York County 7th District 1909-17, New York County 3rd District 1918-19)
- John James McElligott (1882-1946), American 12th Fire Commissioner of the City of New York
- Kenneth Victor "Ken" McElligott (1930-2021), Australian politician, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Townsville (1983-1986)
- Sean McElligott (b. 1962), Irish professional footballer
- Bernard McElligott, Irish Gaelic footballer and hurler
- Dominique McElligott, Irish television and film actress
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The McElligott 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: Fortiter et recte
Motto Translation: Rightly and Boldly
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)