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

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During the Middle Ages, scribes listened to a person's name and then decided the spelling from there. Names, therefore, often had many spelling variations. The variations of the name McCormack include: 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 McCormack research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1000 is included under the topic Early McCormack History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Irish immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North America. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name McCormack or one of its variants:

McCormack Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Dennis McCormack, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1654

McCormack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Lawrence McCormack, aged 40, landed in Tennessee in 1812
  • Henry McCormack, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Philip McCormack, aged 23, landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1843
  • Thomas McCormack, aged 26, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1843
  • Mary McCormack, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1847


McCormack Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Duncan McCormack, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

McCormack Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James McCormack, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • Catherine McCormack, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • Elenor McCormack, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1840

McCormack Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Bridget McCormack arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849
  • Mary McCormack, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John McCormack, aged 37, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar"
  • Patrick McCormack, aged 38, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Neptune"
  • Elly McCormack, aged 34, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"


McCormack Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John McCormack, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • James McCormack, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Kate McCormack, aged 31, a cook, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

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  • Sean McCormack, former United States Assistant Secretary of State (2005 to 2009)
  • Eric James McCormack (b. 1963), Canadian-born, American actor, musician, writer and producer
  • Patty McCormack (b. 1945), American Academy Award nominated actress
  • Michael Joseph "Mike" McCormack (1930-2013), American NFL football player and coach, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984
  • William Jerome McCormack (1924-2013), American Prelate of Roman Catholic Church
  • Mr. Thomas Joseph McCormack, aged 19, American Third Class passenger from Bayonne, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 15
  • Keith McCormack (1940-2015), American singer, guitarist and songwriter, best known for co-writing "Sugar Shack" with his aunt which sold over one million copies in the United States in 1963
  • Ronan "Ronnie" McCormack (b. 1977), Irish professional rugby union player
  • John Francis McCormack (1884-1945), Irish/American tenor
  • Damien McCormack (b. 1987), Australian Footballer

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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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  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The McCormack Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCormack 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.

This page was last modified on 16 April 2015 at 12:41.

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