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

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Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name McCormick revealed many variations, including 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 McCormick research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1000 is included under the topic Early McCormick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McCormick 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 McCormick or one of its variants:

McCormick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas McCormick, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1734

McCormick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry McCormick, who landed in America in 1806
  • Richard McCormick, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1808
  • Robert McCormick, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Samuel McCormick, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Bernard McCormick, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812


McCormick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Duncan McCormick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sarah McCormick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Alexander McCormick is registered as a United Empire Loyalist

McCormick Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Phillip McCormick, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Henery McCormick, aged 20, arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • John McCormick, aged 25, a servant, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway
  • Bridget McCormick, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo
  • Michael McCormick, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

McCormick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John McCormick, aged 25, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan"
  • Mary McCormick, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
  • Henry McCormick, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Mary McCormick, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • James McCormick, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"


McCormick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Michael McCormick, aged 29, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Johanna McCormick, aged 31, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Michael McCormick, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Ann McCormick, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Bridget McCormick, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842


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  • Brigadier-General John Halliday McCormick (1903-1992), American Chief of Staff, 12th Air Force (1948-1949)
  • Alexander Agnew McCormick Jr. (1897-1918), American officer in the United States Navy, recipient of the Navy Cross, eponym of the USS McCormick (DD-223)
  • Dick McCormick (b. 1968), American soccer midfielder and current youth soccer coach
  • William Joseph "Barry" McCormick (1874-1956), American professional baseball player and later a major league umpire
  • William "Bill" P. McCormick (b. 1939), American businessman and diplomat
  • Harold Fowler McCormick Sr. (1872-1941), American chairman of the board of International Harvester Company
  • Nelson McCormick, American director and producer of film and television
  • Michael "Mike" Francis McCormick (b. 1938), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Debbie McCormick (b. 1974), Canadian-born, American gold, four-time silver and bronze curler
  • Richard Cunningham McCormick Jr. (1832-1901), American politician, businessman, and journalist

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  • McCormick Genealogy with Related Families by B. Dottie McCormick Perkins.
  • Determined Lives: A Family Odyssey by Edgar L. McCormick.
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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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The McCormick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCormick 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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