MacTurck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the MacTurck family
The surname MacTurck was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border.
After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted took haven. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'.
A Galwegian surname, in Gaelic MocTuirc means 'son of Tore, ' from tore, a boar. 
The first record of the name was John Makturk in Mekle Ariewland in the barony of Mochrum, in record in 1538. Almost one hundred years later, Bessie Makturck was married in "Edinbergh" in 1621 and few years later, John Makterke, servitor of George Stewart of Robertoun was listed in 1624. 
Captain MacTurk is a fictional character in Sir Walter Scott's 19th century novel Saint Ronan's Well published in 1823 and Mr. MacTurk appears in the novel Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte.
Early History of the MacTurck family
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MacTurck Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: McTurk, McTork, McTurie, McTuire, McTurck and others.
Early Notables of the MacTurck family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacTurck family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: W. McTurk, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852; Samuel McTurk, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856; John McTurk, who arrived in Allegheny Co., PA in 1868.
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The MacTurck 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: Pace vel bello
Motto Translation: In peace or war
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)