McCarrack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Strathclyde Briton clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name McCarrack. It is derived from the personal name Craig. Thus, McCarrack is a patronymic name, taken from the given name of the father or some other ancestor of the bearer. However, McCarrack may also be of local origin, referring to those who lived in or near the place called Carrick in Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the McCarrack family

The surname McCarrack was 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.

Important Dates for the McCarrack family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCarrack research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1224, 1296, 1370, 1380, 1370 and 1371 are included under the topic Early McCarrack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCarrack Spelling Variations

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. McCarrack has appeared as Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.

Early Notables of the McCarrack family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McCarrack Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McCarrack family to Ireland

Some of the McCarrack family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McCarrack family

As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: 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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