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Carriker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The roots of the Carriker family stretch back to the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands, who were the first to use this surname. It is derived from the personal name Craig. Thus, Carriker is a patronymic name, taken from the given name of the father or some other ancestor of the bearer. However, Carriker may also be of local origin, referring to those who lived in or near the place called Carrick in Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the Carriker family


The surname Carriker 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.

Early History of the Carriker family


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Carriker Spelling Variations


Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Carriker has been spelled Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.

Early Notables of the Carriker family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Carriker family to Ireland


Some of the Carriker 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 Carriker family to the New World and Oceana


For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Carriker (post 1700)


  • Adam Eugene Carriker (b. 1984), American NFL football defensive end
  • Melbourne Armstrong Carriker (1879-1965), American ornithologist and entomologist

The Carriker 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: Garde bien
Motto Translation: Watch well.


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