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The ancestors of the Garrick family lived among the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Their name is derived from the personal name Craig. Thus, Garrick is a patronymic name, taken from the given name of the father or some other ancestor of the bearer. However, Garrick may also be of local origin, referring to those who lived in or near the place called Carrick in Ayrshire.

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The surname Garrick 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.

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Garrick has appeared as Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garrick research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1224, 1296, 1370, 1380, 1370 and 1371 are included under the topic Early Garrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Garrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Garrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Garrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Francisco Garrick, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1823
  • Jose Garrick, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1823

Garrick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Isabella Garrick, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies"

Garrick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Garrick, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Marion Garrick, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • David Garrick, aged 32, a solicitor, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Mary Garrick, aged 32, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Mary Caroline Garrick, aged 7, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848


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  • Barbara Garrick (b. 1965), American actress
  • Michael Garrick MBE (b. 1933), English jazz pianist and composer
  • Leon Vivian Garrick (b. 1976), Jamaican cricketer
  • Horace Garrick (1918-1982), Australian politician
  • Jack Garrick (1953-1999), prominent ichthyologist from New Zealand


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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: Garde bien
Motto Translation: Watch well.

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The Garrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garrick Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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