McCarrigy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McCarrigy family

The surname McCarrigy 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 McCarrigy family

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

McCarrigy Spelling Variations

The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. McCarrigy has been spelled Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.

Early Notables of the McCarrigy family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the McCarrigy family to Ireland

Some of the McCarrigy 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 McCarrigy family

The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. 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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