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Where did the Scottish McCormick family come from? What is the Scottish 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?

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.

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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.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCormick research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the year 1132 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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Some of the McCormick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

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 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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