Show ContentsCarmack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Carmack is Mac Cormaic, derived from the forename Cormac.

Early Origins of the Carmack family

The surname Carmack was first found in Munster. The Cormacks of Munster were of great antiquity and descended directly from Nathi, brother of Felim who was King of Munster about the year 560 A.D. Cormac, son of Cabhsan, was the first chieftain to be called Cormack, and, of course, MacCormack came later as a direct descendent, Mac or Mc signifying the 'son of'.

Early History of the Carmack family

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Carmack Spelling Variations

Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Carmack that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Cormack, MacCormack, McCormack, McCormick, MacCormick, Cormac, Cormick, Cormyck, Kormack, Kormick, Cormach, Cormich, Cormiche and many more.

Early Notables of the Carmack family

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Anne McCormac (c. 1700-1782), birth name of Anne Bonny, born in Cork, the infamous Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean. After her capture in 1720, she and he female friend Read both "pleaded their bellies," asking for mercy because they were pregnant. In accordance with English common law, both women received a temporary stay of execution until they gave birth. Read died in prison, most likely from a fever from childbirth; the fate of...
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Carmack Ranking

In the United States, the name Carmack is the 4,831st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 1

United States Carmack migration to the United States +

In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Carmack, or one of its variants:

Carmack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christopher Carmack, who landed in New York in 1816 2
  • William Carmack, who landed in New York in 1816 2
Carmack Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ellen Carmack, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from County Tipperary, in 1903
  • Annie Carmack, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1906
  • George Walter Carmack, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Mrs. S.C. Carmack, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Prescott H. Carmack, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Carmack (post 1700) +

  • Kona Carmack (b. 1976), American model, born and raised in Honolulu
  • Justin Matthew Carmack (1981-2000), American child actor, known for his appearance in the television series Full House in 1994, he died on July 20, 2000 in a traffic accident at the age of 19
  • Edward Ward Carmack (1858-1908), American attorney, newspaperman, and politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1901 to 1907
  • Chris Carmack (b. 1980), American actor, singer, and fashion model, known for his roles in the television shows The O.C. (2003-2004), Nashville (2012-2018), and Grey's Anatomy (2018-)
  • George Washington Carmack (1860-1922), American discoverer of gold in the Klondike region; originally credited with registering Discovery Claim, the discovery of gold that set off the Klondike Gold Rush on August 16, 1896
  • Adrian K. Carmack (b. 1969), American game artist and cofounder of id Software
  • John D. Carmack II (b. 1970), American video game developer and the co-founder of id Software
  • Edward Ward Carmack (1858-1908), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1885; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 10th District, 1897-1901; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1901-07 3
  • Beth Carmack, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1960 3
  • Rex Carmack Cauble (1913-2003), American self-made millionaire known for his flamboyance as a Texas-size businessman who struck it rich as a wildcatter, founder of Cutter Bill Western World and Cutter Bill

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  • Mr. Harold Milton Carmack, American Fireman Second Class from Colorado, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking 4

The Carmack Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sine Timore
Motto Translation: Without fear.

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