The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland
spawned the ancestors of the MacGorkuodul family. Their name comes from the Gaelic word Mac-Thorcail
l which means son of Thor's cauldron,
which is the Norse hero whose name refers to the cauldron of the thunder god.
Early Origins of the MacGorkuodul family
The surname MacGorkuodul was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the MacGorkuodul family
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MacGorkuodul Spelling Variations
The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations
of the same name. MacGorkuodul has been recorded as MacCorquodale, MacCorquindale, MacCorkindale, MacCorkill and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGorkuodul family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacGorkuodul family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name MacGorkuodul, or a variant listed above: Archibald McCorkadale, who arrived in Jamaica in 1685; Duncan McCorquadale, who came to Jamaica in 1758; Christian McCorquodale, who arrived in Virginia in 1792.
The MacGorkuodul Motto
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: Vivat Rex
Motto Translation: Long live the king.