Karrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Karrick family
The surname Karrick 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 Karrick family
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Karrick Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Karrick family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Karrick family to Ireland
Some of the Karrick 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.
Karrick migration to the United States
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 
Contemporary Notables of the name Karrick (post 1700)
- General James Karrick Woolnough (1910-1996), Commanding General of the United States Continental Army Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia from 1967 to 1970
- ^ 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)