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Where did the Irish Carmack family come from? What is the Irish Carmack family crest and coat of arms? When did the Carmack family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carmack 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 Carmack is Mac Cormaic, derived from the forename Cormac.

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Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Carmack that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are 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.


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

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

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In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Carmack, or one of its variants:

Carmack Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Christopher Carmack, who landed in New York in 1816
  • William Carmack, who landed in New York in 1816

Carmack Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Ellen Carmack, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Tipperary, in 1903
  • Annie Carmack, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1906
  • George Walter Carmack, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Mrs. S.C. Carmack, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Prescott H. Carmack, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1911


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  • Chris Carmack (b. 1980), American actor
  • Edward W. Carmack (1858-1908), American politician
  • George Carmack (1860-1922), American discoverer of gold in the Klondike region
  • Kona Carmack (b. 1976), American model
  • Adrian K. Carmack (b. 1969), American game artist and cofounder of id Software
  • John D. Carmack II (b. 1970), American video game developer and the co-founder of id Software


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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: Sine Timore
Motto Translation: Without fear.

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  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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The Carmack Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carmack 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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