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Where did the Scottish Karrick family come from? What is the Scottish Karrick family crest and coat of arms? When did the Karrick family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Karrick family history?

The roots of the Karrick family stretch back to the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands, who were the first to use the surname. It is derived from the personal name Craig. Thus, Karrick is a patronymic name, taken from the given name of the father or some other ancestor of the bearer. However, Karrick 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 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. Karrick has appeared as Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Karrick research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1224, 1296, and 1370 are included under the topic Early Karrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Karrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Karrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 232 words(17 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:

Karrick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Bryan Karrick, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737
  • Hugh Karrick, who arrived in Augusta County, Va in 1775

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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 Karrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Karrick 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.

This page was last modified on 20 January 2011 at 15:57.

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