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MacTurk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the MacTurk family


The surname MacTurk 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'. The name was first recorded in Muchrum in 1538 when John McTurk held estates. 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 MacTurk family


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MacTurk Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: McTurk, McTork, McTurie, McTuire, McTurck and others.

Early Notables of the MacTurk family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacTurk family to Ireland


Some of the MacTurk family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacTurk family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacTurk Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • David MacTurk, who arrived in America, in 1911
  • Robert W. MacTurk, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1918
  • Elizabeth MacTurk, aged 27, who arrived in Easthampton, U.S.A., in 1921
  • John Macturk, aged 46, who arrived in America, in 1922
  • Kathleen Mary MacTurk, aged 20, who arrived in America from Holland, Fen., England, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacTurk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Macturk, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name MacTurk (post 1700)


  • G.G. MacTurk, British contemporary author of numerous books on railroad history

The MacTurk 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


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