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McCarrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient Strathclyde Briton name McCarrick is derived from the personal name Craig. Thus, McCarrick is a patronymic name, taken from the given name of the father or some other ancestor of the bearer. However, McCarrick may also be of local origin, referring to those who lived in or near the place called Carrick in Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the McCarrick family


The surname McCarrick 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.

Early History of the McCarrick family


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McCarrick Spelling Variations


Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. McCarrick has been spelled Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.

Early Notables of the McCarrick family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McCarrick family to Ireland


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


The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

McCarrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Kate McCarrick, aged 1, who settled in America from Ballina by Mayo, Ireland, in 1898

McCarrick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary McCarrick, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Sligo, in 1906
  • John McCarrick, aged 24, who landed in America from Calloney, Ireland, in 1907
  • Ellen McCarrick, aged 23, who settled in America from Tubbercurry, Ireland, in 1907
  • Edward McCarrick, aged 19, who landed in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1908
  • Nora McCarrick, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Tubbercurry, Ireland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCarrick (post 1700)


  • Theodore Edgar McCarrick (b. 1930), American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Martin McCarrick (b. 1962), English cellist, keyboardist and guitarist
  • Mark McCarrick (b. 1962), English former professional footballer

The McCarrick 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: Garde bien
Motto Translation: Watch well.


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