Garrake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Garrake family

The surname Garrake 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 Garrake family

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

Garrake 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. Garrake has been spelled Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.

Early Notables of the Garrake family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Garrake family to Ireland

Some of the Garrake 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 Garrake family

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.

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