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Where did the Scottish McCormick family come from? What is the Scottish 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?

The chronicles of the McCormick family indicate that the name was first used by the Strathclyde Britons of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the Gaelic name MacChormaig, which derives from the given name Cormac, meaning charioteer.


It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. McCormick has been spelled MacCormack, MacCormick, MacCormock, McCormick, McCormack, McCormock, Maccormick, Maccormack, Maccormock, McArmick, McCarmick, McCarmike, McKermick, Makarmik, McCornick, Cornick, Cormack, M'Kernock, MacCornack and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCormick research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the year 1132 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.


Some of the McCormick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

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.

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  6. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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  8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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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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