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The name Corcoran comes from the Gaelic Mac Corcrain or O Corcrain, both of which are derived from the word "corcair," which now means purple, but originally meant ruddy.

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The surname Corcoran was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Corcoran family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including MacCorcoran, O'Corcoran and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corcoran research. Another 511 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1001, 1172, 1373, 1641, 1691, 1827, 1861, and 1863 are included under the topic Early Corcoran History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of Corcoran or one of its variants:

Corcoran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacobi Corcoran settled in St Patrick's Parish with his wife, where his daughter Joanne, was baptized in 1774

Corcoran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Corcoran who settled in New York State in 1811
  • Win Corcoran, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Wm Corcoran, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • David Corcoran, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Andrew Corcoran, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1832


Corcoran Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Corcoran was a laborer in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1779

Corcoran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Pat Corcoran, aged 24, arrived in Canada in 1811
  • Patt Corcoran, aged 24, landed in Canada in 1811
  • Thos Corcoran, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Edward Corcoran, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Edward Corcoran, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1825


Corcoran Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Bartholomew Corcoran, aged 41, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • Michael Corcoran, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • Thomas Corcoran, aged 15, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • Henry Corcoran, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"
  • Eleanor Corcoran, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"


Corcoran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Denis Corcoran arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867
  • Betsy J. Corcoran arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867
  • Matthew Corcoran, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • Francis Corcoran, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • Michael Corcoran, aged 44, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lauderdale" in 1874


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  • Noreen M. Corcoran (1943-2016), American actress, dancer and singer, best known for her co-starring role in the television sitcom Bachelor Father (1957-1959)
  • Kevin Anthony "Moochie" Corcoran (1949-2015), nicknamed "Moochie", an American director, producer, and former child actor, best known for Mrs. Santa Claus (1996), Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983) and Sons of Anarchy (2008) and as James Boone on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1957-1963)
  • William Wilson Corcoran (1798-1888), American banker, philanthropist and art collector
  • Tommy Corcoran (1869-1960), American Major League Baseball player
  • Timothy Hugh Corcoran (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball player
  • Bob Corcoran, American television host during the late 1960s and early 1970s
  • Mr. Denny Corcoran (d. 1912), aged 33, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Jim Corcoran (b. 1949), Canadian musician
  • James Desmond "Des" Corcoran (1929-2004), Australian politician
  • Ann Corcoran (b. 1951), Australian politician


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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: In fide et in bello fortis
Motto Translation: Strong in both faith and war.

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