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Many variations of the name Lorcain have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Lorcain, which is derived from the old personal name Lorc, which means rough or fierce.

Early Origins of the Lorcain family


The surname Lorcain was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Early History of the Lorcain family

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Early History of the Lorcain family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lorcain research.
Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1528, 1591, 1564, 1580, 1619 and 1609 are included under the topic Early Lorcain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lorcain Spelling Variations

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Lorcain Spelling Variations


Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Lorcain family name include Larkin, O'Larkin and others.

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Early Notables of the Lorcain family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Lorcain family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family name at this time was Thomas Lorkin (c.15281591), an English churchman, academic and physician, Regius Professor of Physic at Cambridge from 1564; and William...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lorcain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the Lorcain family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Lorcain family to the New World and Oceana


Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Lorcain to North America: William Larkin, who settled in Boston in 1630; Elizabeth Larkin, who settled in Virginia in 1637; Benjamin Larkin settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1720.

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