This is an anglicised form of the Olde Scots Gaelic name MacCullaich or MacCullach. The Gaelic prefix "Mac" indicates "son of" plus the personal nickname "cullach" meaning "boar". The surname is first recorded in Scotland at the end of the 13th century, (see below). One Sir Patrick McCoulagh was a charter witness in Galloway in 1354, his name was spelt Macologh in 1360. The developement of the name includes the spellings Makcoulach (1478) and Micullocht (1556). In 1684 "Parish lists of Wigtownshire and Minnigaff" the variant spellings McColloch, McCully etc.
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