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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.


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'.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carmack research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1700, 1782 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Carmack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carmack Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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
  • William Carmack, who landed in New York in 1816

Carmack Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellen Carmack, aged 22, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Prescott H. Carmack, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ...

  • Edward Ward Carmack (1858-1908), American Democrat 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
  • Beth Carmack, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1960
  • 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
  • Kona Carmack (b. 1976), American model
  • George Carmack (1860-1922), American discoverer of gold in the Klondike region
  • Edward W. Carmack (1858-1908), American politician
  • Chris Carmack (b. 1980), American actor

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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    Other References

    1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    4. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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    The Carmack Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Carmack 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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