Carik History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons were the first to use the name Carik. It is derived from the personal name Craig. Thus, Carik is a patronymic name, taken from the given name of the father or some other ancestor of the bearer. However, Carik may also be of local origin, referring to those who lived in or near the place called Carrick in Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the Carik family

The surname Carik was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, and were known as 'the men of Carrick'. Duncan de Carrick (died 1250) was made the Mormaer (Earl) of Carrick by Scottish King Alexander I in 1186. He was a direct ancestor Robert the Bruce (Robert I), King of the Scots 1274-1329.

Important Dates for the Carik family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carik research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1224, 1296, 1370, 1380, 1370 and 1371 are included under the topic Early Carik History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Carik Spelling Variations

Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Carik has been spelled Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.

Early Notables of the Carik family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Carik family to Ireland

Some of the Carik family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Carik family

The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Richard Carrick, who arrived in Virginia in 1650; Roger Carrick, who came to Virginia in 1672; Christian Carrick, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1758.

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