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The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McCorkel family. Their name 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.

McCorkel Early Origins



The surname McCorkel 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.

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McCorkel Spelling Variations


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McCorkel Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McCorkel has appeared in various documents spelled MacCorquodale, MacCorquindale, MacCorkindale, MacCorkill and many more.

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McCorkel Early History


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McCorkel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCorkel research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1430, 1434, 1509 and 1600 are included under the topic Early McCorkel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCorkel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCorkel Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McCorkel or a variant listed above include:

McCorkel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McCorkel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1839

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCorkel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCorkel (post 1700)



  • James McCorkel, American guitarist, known for his work with Cock Robin on his album I Don't Want to Save the World
  • Rev. Harry McCorkel, American news director for WRIN, (1560 AM), a radio station in Rensselaer, Indiana

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
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    The McCorkel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCorkel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 8 February 2017 at 08:06.

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