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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Where did the Scottish McOmber family come from? What is the Scottish McOmber family crest and coat of arms? When did the McOmber family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McOmber family history?

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

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McOmber research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1571, and 1587 are included under the topic Early McOmber History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McOmber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McOmber family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Maccome, who settled in Virginia in 1653; Alexander MacComb, who came to New York in 1774; Mary MacComb settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1763.

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

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The McOmber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McOmber 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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