McCarritch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The age-old tribe of the Strathclyde Britons of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first people to use the name McCarritch. It is derived from the personal name Craig. Thus, McCarritch is a patronymic name, taken from the given name of the father or some other ancestor of the bearer. However, McCarritch may also be of local origin, referring to those who lived in or near the place called Carrick in Ayrshire. 
The name could have also been derived from the Gaelic, "carraig" meaning "rock." 
Early Origins of the McCarritch family
The surname McCarritch 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. Mestre Duncan de Carrike of county of Berewyke rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. 
Early History of the McCarritch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCarritch research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1224, 1296, 1370, 1320, 1360, 1372, 1429, 1554, 1606, 1665, 1820, 1380, 1370, 1371, 1717, 1779 and 1716 are included under the topic Early McCarritch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCarritch Spelling Variations
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. McCarritch has appeared as Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.
Early Notables of the McCarritch family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was John de Carrick (died c. 1380), a native of Carrick, Scotland, Chancellor of Scotland and Bishop-elect of Dunkeld (1370-1371.)
David Garrick (1717-1779)...
Migration of the McCarritch family to Ireland
Some of the McCarritch 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 McCarritch family
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. 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.
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.