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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McCorkell family were born. Their name comes 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.

McCorkell Early Origins



The surname McCorkell 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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McCorkell Spelling Variations


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McCorkell Spelling Variations



Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McCorkell has been spelled MacCorquodale, MacCorquindale, MacCorkindale, MacCorkill and many more.

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McCorkell Early History


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McCorkell Early History



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

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McCorkell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCorkell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McCorkell 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



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McCorkells to arrive on North American shores:

McCorkell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald McCorkell, who came to New York in 1797
  • Archibald McCorkell, who arrived in New York in 1797

McCorkell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. McCorkell, who settled in Philadelphia in 1819
  • Samuel McCorkell, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1831

McCorkell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Martha McCorkell, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Martha McCorkell, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eweretta" in 1833

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCorkell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCorkell (post 1700)



  • David McCorkell, American passenger aboard Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 on August 21, 1995 who survived the crash and valiantly helped the First Officer escape from the fire
  • Gordon McCorkell (b. 1983), Scottish actor, best known for his role as Derek 'Deek' Henderson in River City from 2002 to 2012
  • Neil Thomas McCorkell (1912-2013), English cricketer
  • Sir Dudley Evelyn Bruce McCorkell MBE, DL, JP (1883-1960), Ulster Mayor of Derry (1930-1934), Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry (1957-1960)
  • Lady Aileen Allen McCorkell OBE, Ulster founder and first President of the British Red Cross branch in Derry
  • John Francis "Jock" McCorkell (1918-1987), Australian rules footballer who played from 1940 to 1953 and coached North Melbourne for 1954 to 1955
  • Colonel Sir Michael McCorkell KCVO OBE TD JP (1925-2006), Ulster soldier and British public servant
  • William McCorkell (b. 1728), Scottish-born, Irish founder of Wm. McCorkell & Co. Ltd., a shipping firm that carried many immigrants who were fleeing the Great Irish Famine to the Americas
  • Jenna McCorkell (b. 1986), British Olympic figure skater, eleven-time British national champion

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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. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
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    The McCorkell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCorkell 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 14 May 2015 at 08:55.

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