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This very interesting surname, now widespread in Ulster, is ultimately believed to be of Scottish origin, and an Anglicized form of the Old Scots Gaelic "MacCullaich" or "MacC(h)ullach", son of Cullach, from "Mac", son of, and the personal byname "Cullach", Boar. This wild animal takes a great deal of its significance from Norse mythology, and to it were attributed qualities of Courage and Fertility. Over the centuries, the boar has become associated with Bravery and Perseverance (in fighting), and consequently, "Cullach" would have been bestowed on an illustrious warrior or brave fighter. Early recordings of the surname from Scotland include: Michel Maculagh, who rendered homage to the King of England in 1296; Sir Patrick McCoulagh, charter witness in Galloway (1354); Helise Makcoulach, who married in 1478; and Patrick Makcowloch or Mackullouch, vicar of Arbroath, in 1482...

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