McCormick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicles of the McCormick family indicate that the name was first used by the Strathclyde Britons of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the Gaelic name MacChormaig, which derives from the given name Cormac, meaning charioteer.

Early Origins of the McCormick family

The surname McCormick was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Important Dates for the McCormick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCormick research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1132, 1811, 1794 and 1865 are included under the topic Early McCormick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCormick Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. McCormick has been spelled MacCormack, MacCormick, MacCormock, McCormick, McCormack, McCormock, Maccormick, Maccormack, Maccormock, McArmick, McCarmick, McCarmike, McKermick, Makarmik, McCornick, Cornick, Cormack, M'Kernock, MacCornack and many more.

Early Notables of the McCormick family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McCormick family to Ireland

Some of the McCormick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 200 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCormick migration to the United States

Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

McCormick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas McCormick, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1734 [1]
McCormick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry McCormick, who landed in America in 1806 [1]
  • Richard McCormick, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1808 [1]
  • Robert McCormick, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • Samuel McCormick, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Bernard McCormick, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCormick migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • Mr. Alexander McCormick U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Alexander McCormick is registered as a United Empire Loyalist
McCormick Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Phillip McCormick, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Henery McCormick, aged 20, who arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • John McCormick, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Bridget McCormick, aged 40, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Michael McCormick, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCormick migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McCormick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John McCormick, British convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • John McCormick, aged 25, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan" [4]
  • Mary McCormick, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
  • Henry McCormick, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Mary McCormick, aged 24, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCormick migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McCormick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Michael McCormick, aged 29, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Johanna McCormick, aged 31, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Michael McCormick, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Ann McCormick, aged 3, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Bridget McCormick, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCormick (post 1700)

  • Gayle McCormick (1948-2016), American singer, best known for her work with the rock band Smith
  • Robert "Mack" McCormick (1930-2015), American musicologist and folklorist
  • Brigadier-General John Halliday McCormick (1903-1992), American Chief of Staff, 12th Air Force (1948-1949) [5]
  • 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
  • ... (Another 130 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McCormick family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. J Scott McCormick (b. 1961), American Second Lieutenant from Bristol, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash [6]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Samuel Mccormick, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [7]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Mccormick, Irish Fireman from Cork, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Thomas Mccormick, Irish 3rd Class passenger returning from Nashua, New Hampshire, USA going to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [9]

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/henry-tanner
  4. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 24th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Bunyan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbunyan1854.shtml
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) John McCormick. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McCormick/John_Halliday/USA.html
  6. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  7. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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