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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

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

While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name McCormick is Mac Cormaic, derived from the forename Cormac.


Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name McCormick revealed many variations, including Cormack, MacCormack, McCormack, McCormick, MacCormick, Cormac, Cormick, Cormyck, Kormack, Kormick, Cormach, Cormich, Cormiche and many more.

First found in Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCormick research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1000 is included under the topic Early McCormick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Irish immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North America. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name McCormick or one of its variants:

McCormick Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas McCormick, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1734

McCormick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry McCormick, who landed in America in 1806
  • Richard McCormick, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1808
  • Robert McCormick, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Samuel McCormick, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Bernard McCormick, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812


  • Robert Sanderson McCormick (1849-1919), American diplomat, journalist and politician
  • Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884), American inventor/industrialist, founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company
  • Patricia McCormick (b. 1930), American diver, winner of four gold medals the Summer Olympics of 1952 and 1956
  • Anne O'Hare McCormick (1882-1954), American foreign news correspondent for the New York Times. She won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for foreign correspondence, becoming the first woman to receive a major category Pulitzer award
  • Willoughby M. McCormick (1864-1932), American founder of McCormick & Company, manufactures spices, herbs in 1889
  • Robert Rutherford "Colonel" McCormick (1880-1955), American owner and publisher of the Chicago Tribune
  • Richard Cunningham McCormick Jr. (1832-1901), American politician, businessman, and journalist
  • Debbie McCormick (b. 1974), Canadian-born, American gold, four-time silver and bronze curler
  • Michael "Mike" Francis McCormick (b. 1938), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Nelson McCormick, American director and producer of film and television



  • McCormick Genealogy with Related Families by B. Dottie McCormick Perkins.
  • Determined Lives: A Family Odyssey by Edgar L. McCormick.

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: Sine Timore
Motto Translation: Without fear.


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