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-Thorcail
l 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 McCorkell family
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.
Early History of the McCorkell family
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McCorkell 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.
Early Notables of the McCorkell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McCorkell family to the New World and Oceana
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 America. 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 settled in New York in 1797
- Archibald McCorkell, who arrived in New York in 1797 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eweretta" in 1833
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
Historic Events for the McCorkell family
- Edward Stanley Mccorkell (d. 1945), British Boy Seaman 1st Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
The McCorkell 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.