Show ContentsCorkran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Corkran 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 Corkran family

The surname Corkran 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 Corkran family

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Corkran Spelling Variations

Many variations of the name Corkran were found in archives from the Middle Ages. These variations can be somewhat explained by the challenge of translation of Gaelic names into English. Hence, the spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Corkran found include MacCorcoran, O'Corcoran and others.

Early Notables of the Corkran family (pre 1700)

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United States Corkran migration to the United States +

Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name Corkran or one of its variants:

Corkran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine Corkran, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763 [1]
Corkran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Corkran, who arrived in New York in 1839 [1]

New Zealand Corkran 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:

Corkran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Corkran, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874 [2]
  • Ann Corkran, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Corkran (post 1700) +

  • Colonel Wilbur Corkran, American officer and one time owner of the Peter Marsh House, Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, Delaware
  • Dudley Corkran, American Philadelphia businessman-sportsman who purchased Orvis, the American retail and mail-order business in 1939 for $4,500 and grew the business until 1965 when he sold it for $400,000
  • Henriett Corkran (1841-1911), Irish pastel portraitist
  • John Frazer Corkran (1808-1884), Irish dramatist in Dublin, best known for his The Painter of Italy, father of Alice Corkran
  • Alice Abigail Corkran (1843-1916), French-born, Irish author of children's fiction and an editor of children's magazines, founder of The Girl's Realm's Guild of Service and Good Fellowship
  • Major General Sir Charles Edward Corkran KCVO, CB, CMG (b. 1872), British Army officer, Commander of the Brigade of Guards and General Officer Commanding London District from 1928 to 1932
  • Peter Corkran (b. 1948), former Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy in 1966

The Corkran 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. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook