Corcoran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Corcoran comes from the Gaelic Mac Corcrain or O Corcrain, both of which are derived from the word "corcair," which now means purple, but originally meant ruddy.

Early Origins of the Corcoran family

The surname Corcoran was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Corcoran family

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Corcoran Spelling Variations

The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Corcoran family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including MacCorcoran, O'Corcoran and others.

Early Notables of the Corcoran family (pre 1700)

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United States Corcoran migration to the United States +

Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of Corcoran or one of its variants:

Corcoran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacobi Corcoran, who settled in St Patrick's Parish with his wife, where his daughter Joanne, was baptized in 1774
Corcoran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Corcoran who settled in New York State in 1811
  • Win Corcoran, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • William Corcoran, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • David Corcoran, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Andrew Corcoran, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Corcoran migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corcoran Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Corcoran was a laborer in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1779 [2]
Corcoran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Pat Corcoran, aged 24, who landed in Red River, Canada in 1811
  • Patt Corcoran, aged 24, who arrived in Canada in 1811
  • Thomas Corcoran, aged 37, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • Edward Corcoran, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Edward Corcoran, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Corcoran migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Corcoran Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Corcoran, (b. 1807), aged 28, Irish coal miner who was convicted in Tipperary, Ireland for life for manslaughter, transported aboard the "Blackwell" on 29th September 1835, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Miss Anne Corcoran, (b. 1828), aged 23, Irish house maid who was convicted in Limerick, Ireland for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1855 [4]
  • Miss Honora Corcoran, (b. 1830), aged 21, Irish country servant who was convicted in Limerick, Ireland for 7 years for receiving stolen goods, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Miss Margaret Corcoran, (Cochrane), Irish convict who was convicted in Limerick, Ireland for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Bartholomew Corcoran, aged 41, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Corcoran migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Corcoran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Corcoran, (b. 1839), aged 26, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [5]
  • Denis Corcoran, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867
  • Betsy J. Corcoran, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867
  • Matthew Corcoran, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • Francis Corcoran, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Corcoran (post 1700) +

  • Michael Corcoran (1827-1863), Irish-born, Brigadier-General of federal volunteers in the American Civil War, born at Carrowskill, co. Sligo, Ireland, 21 Sept. 1827; he emigrated to America in 1849 [6]
  • Marjorie Diane Blasius Corcoran (1950-2017), American particle physicist and professor at Rice University
  • Noreen M. Corcoran (1943-2016), American actress, dancer and singer, best known for her co-starring role in the television sitcom Bachelor Father (1957-1959)
  • Kevin Anthony "Moochie" Corcoran (1949-2015), nicknamed "Moochie", an American director, producer, and former child actor, best known for Mrs. Santa Claus (1996), Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983) and Sons of Anarchy (2008) and as James Boone on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1957-1963)
  • William Wilson Corcoran (1798-1888), American banker, philanthropist and art collector
  • Tommy Corcoran (1869-1960), American Major League Baseball player
  • Timothy Hugh Corcoran (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball player
  • Bob Corcoran, American television host during the late 1960s and early 1970s
  • Mr. James John Corcoran B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to charity in the UK and Abroad [7]
  • Jim Corcoran (b. 1949), Canadian musician
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Denny Corcoran (d. 1912), aged 33, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Gerard John Corcoran, American Seaman First Class from New York, 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 [9]


The Corcoran 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: In fide et in bello fortis
Motto Translation: Strong in both faith and war.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackwell
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackfriar
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  9. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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