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Where did the Irish McGurk family come from? What is the Irish McGurk family crest and coat of arms? When did the McGurk family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McGurk family history?The name McGurk has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as Mag Oirc.
The search for the origins of the name McGurk family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include McGurk, McGurrk, McGuirk, MacGuirk, MacGurk and many more.
First found in County Tyrone. They were descended from King Niall of the Nine Hostages, who died in France in the year 365 A.D. McGurk meant "son of Corc.".
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGurk research. Another 303 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1294, 1314, 1542, and 1890 are included under the topic Early McGurk History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McGurk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name McGurk:
McGurk Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
McGurk Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Lamh dearg Eirinn
Motto Translation: The red hand for Ireland.
The McGurk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGurk 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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