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O'rourke Surname History



The Irish name O'rourke has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name O'rourke is O Ruairc, which means descendant of Ruairc and; Ruairc is a personal name imported by Norse settlers.


Early Origins of the O'rourke family


The surname O'rourke was first found in counties Cavan and Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland, in Leinster province.

Early History of the O'rourke family


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O'rourke Spelling Variations


People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname O'rourke that are preserved in archival documents are O'Rourke, O'Rorke, O'Rork, O'Rourk, O'Roark, Rourke, Rorke, Rourk, Roarke and many more.

Early Notables of the O'rourke family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the O'rourke family to the New World and Oceana


Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the O'rourke name:

O'rourke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bernard, Charles, Hugh, James, Michael, Patrick, Terence, Thomas, Timothy, and William O'Rourke all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Annie O'Rourke, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Bdgt O'Rourke, aged 16, who settled in America from Ballingarry, in 1898

O'rourke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bernard O'Rourke, aged 11, who landed in America from Ballymahon, in 1904
  • Barbara O'Rourke, aged 39, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1904
  • Andrew O'Rourke, aged 26, who landed in America from Leitrim, in 1904
  • Anne O'Rourke, aged 17, who settled in America from Leitrim, in 1906
  • Annie O'Rourke, aged 20, who immigrated to America from Murroe, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

O'rourke Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Annie O'Rourke, aged 25, who immigrated to St Mary's, Newfoundlland, in 1923

O'rourke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bridget O'Rourke, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • Patrick O'Rourke, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Margaret O'Rourke, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Mary O'Rourke, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

Contemporary Notables of the name O'rourke (post 1700)


  • Meghan O'Rourke (b. 1976), American poet and critic
  • Charles C. O'Rourke (1917-2000), nicknamed "Chuckin' Charlie," an American college quarterback and defensive back, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • James Jerome O'Rourke (1915-1983), American canoer at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Jessica Lynne O'Rourke (b. 1986), American professional soccer player
  • Michael "Mike" O'Rourke (1862-1882), nicknamed "Johnny-Behind-the-Deuce", American professional gambler of the Old West, who Wyatt Earp saved from being lynched in Tombstone, Arizona Territory in 1881
  • Danny O'Rourke (b. 1983), nicknamed "The Pirate," an American soccer player
  • Heather Michele O'Rourke (1975-1988), American child actress, best known for her roles in the Poltergeist film trilogy and her lines "They're here!" and "They're baa-aack!"; she died at the age of 12 of cardiac arrest from a misdiagnosed intestinal stenosis
  • Patrick Jake "P.J." O'Rourke (b. 1947), American political satirist, journalist, and writer
  • James Henry "Orator Jim" O'Rourke (1850-1919), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1872 through 1904
  • Frank O'Rourke (1916-1989), American writer
  • ... (Another 47 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the O'rourke family



Flight 191

  • Mrs. P O'Rourke, American passenger from San Francisco, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Thomas J.  O'Rourke (1850-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Patrick C O'Rourke (b. 1909), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Battersea, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. O'Rourke, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

Suggested Readings for the name O'rourke


  • A Genealogy of the Clifton, Leaton, Rourke, and Secord Families by Richard Lee Secord.

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Citations


  1. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  2. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  3. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  4. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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