Corrach History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name Corrach was first used by the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the personal name Craig. Thus, Corrach is a patronymic name, taken from the given name of the father or some other ancestor of the bearer. However, Corrach may also be of local origin, referring to those who lived in or near the place called Carrick in Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the Corrach family

The surname Corrach 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.

Important Dates for the Corrach family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corrach research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1224, 1296, 1370, 1380, 1370 and 1371 are included under the topic Early Corrach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Corrach Spelling Variations

In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Corrach has been spelled Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.

Early Notables of the Corrach family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Corrach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Corrach family to Ireland

Some of the Corrach 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 Corrach family

Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. 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.

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