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

The ancient Strathclyde Briton name Carige is derived from the personal name Craig. Thus, Carige is a patronymic name, taken from the given name of the father or some other ancestor of the bearer. However, Carige may also be of local origin, referring to those who lived in or near the place called Carrick in Ayrshire.

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Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Carige has been spelled Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, and were known as 'the men of Carrick'. Duncan de Carrick (died 1250) was made the Mormaer (Earl) of Carrick by Scottish King Alexander I in 1186. He was a direct ancestor Robert the Bruce (Robert I), King of the Scots 1274-1329.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carige research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1224, 1296, and 1370 are included under the topic Early Carige History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Carige family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 232 words(17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Carige Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Elisebeth Carige, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1923

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  • Colin Lawrence Carige (1938-2002), Australian politician, member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1975 to 1977


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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: Garde bien
Motto Translation: Watch well.

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