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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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The surname McCormick was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early McCormick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North Ameri ca. 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
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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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • 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, New Brunswick 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, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Bridget McCormick, aged 40, 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

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"
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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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  • 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)
  • 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
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McCormick Historic Events



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. J Scott McCormick (b. 1961), American Second Lieutenant from Bristol, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Samuel Mccormick, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. James Mccormick, Irish Fireman from Cork, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • 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
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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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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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