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

It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands, in lands inhabited by the Strathclyde Britons that the Kerrick surname was first found. The name is thought to be a habitational name, taken on from the place named Carrick in Ayrshire. This place name comes from the Gaelic "carraig," meaning "rock."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: 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 Kerrick research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1224, 1296, 1370, 1380, 1370 and 1371 are included under the topic Early Kerrick 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 Kerrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kerrick 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 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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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 Kerrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerrick 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 19 August 2015 at 15:27.

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