McCorkindale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many centuries old Dalriadan-Scottish name McCorkindale 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.

Early Origins of the McCorkindale family

The surname McCorkindale 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 McCorkindale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCorkindale research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1430, 1434, 1509 and 1600 are included under the topic Early McCorkindale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCorkindale Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McCorkindale has been spelled MacCorquodale, MacCorquindale, MacCorkindale, MacCorkill and many more.

Early Notables of the McCorkindale family (pre 1700)

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United States McCorkindale migration to the United States +

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McCorkindale family emigrate to North America:

McCorkindale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L. McCorkindale, aged 51, who immigrated to America, in 1895
McCorkindale Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lizzie McCorkindale, aged 33, who landed in America from Elderslie, Scotland, in 1904
  • Mary McCorkindale, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from Elderslie, Scotland, in 1904
  • Henry McCorkindale, aged 18, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Thomas McCorkindale, aged 24, who landed in America from Argyll, Scotland, in 1908
  • William McCorkindale, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McCorkindale migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCorkindale Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John McCorkindale, who settled in Canada in 1815

New Zealand McCorkindale migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McCorkindale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Archibald McCorkindale, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Elizabeth McCorkindale, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Mr. Hugh McCorkindale, (b. 1845), aged 29, Scottish joiner from Glasgow travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [1]
  • Mrs. Jane McCorkindale, (b. 1840), aged 34, Scottish settler from Glasgow travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [1]
  • Miss Elizabeth McCorkindale, (b. 1871), aged 3, Scottish settler from Glasgow travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCorkindale (post 1700) +

  • John McCorkindale, Scottish football goalkeeper who played for the Scotland National Team in 1891
  • John Matheson McCorkindale, Canadian politician, the thirteenth Mayor of the Village of Elkhorn, Manitoba (1936 to 1937)
  • Donald "Don" Dinnie McCorkindale (1904-1970), South African bronze medalist boxer who competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics

RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Mary Mccorkindale, American 2nd Class passenger from Chromo, Colorado, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [2]
  • Master Duncan Mccorkindale, American 2nd Class passenger from Chromo, Colorado, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [2]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Mccorkindale, American 2nd Class passenger from Chromo, Colorado, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [2]


The McCorkindale 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.


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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