Corcher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Corcher comes from one of the family having worked as a caulker, a person who waterproofed tubs, barrels, and ships. It is also possibly an occupational name for a person who made and sold a purple dye. However, that origin is in Ireland, and it is unlikely that it is connected to this Northern English name.

Early Origins of the Corcher family

The surname Corcher was first found in Lancashire, now part of the County of Cumbria where the family lived in Barrow-in-Furness, now a large industrial town and seaport community.

While the name has traditionally been understood to be a trade name, there is also a Norman influence as seen by Arnulf de Corcres who was listed in Normandy in the Mang. Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae of 1180-1195. The same reference lists Geoffrey Chorger or Churger in England as listed in the Hundredorum Rolls (Rotuli Hundredorum) c. 1272. [1]

Early History of the Corcher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corcher research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1338, 1549, 1584, 1629, 1705, 1722, 1808, 1636, 1715, 1636, 1715, 1700, 1651 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Corcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Corcher Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Corcher have been found, including: Corker, Coroor, Corcher, Corkar and others.

Early Notables of the Corcher family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Adam le Corker, a prominent 13th century landholder in Yorkshire; James Corker (1636-1715), Benedictine monk, a native of Yorkshire; Maurus (James) Corker (1636-1715) was an...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Corcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Corcher family to Ireland

Some of the Corcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Corcher family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Corcher, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Elizabeth Corker who arrived in Virginia in 1635.



The Corcher 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: Sacrificium Dei cor contritum
Motto Translation: The sacrifice of God is a contrite heart.


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


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