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McCorcle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McCorcle family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name McCorcle is derived from the Gaelic word Mac-Thorcaill which means son of Thor's cauldron, which is the Norse hero whose name refers to the cauldron of the thunder god.

Early Origins of the McCorcle family

The surname McCorcle was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McCorcle family

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McCorcle Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McCorcle include MacCorquodale, MacCorquindale, MacCorkindale, MacCorkill and many more.

Early Notables of the McCorcle family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McCorcle family to the New World and Oceana

The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McCorcle arrived in North America very early:

McCorcle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Willm. A. McCorcle, aged 55, who settled in America from Charlestown, W. Virg., in 1913

The McCorcle 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: Vivat Rex
Motto Translation: Long live the king.

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