Show ContentsMcCorkle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name McCorkle. It 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 McCorkle family

The surname McCorkle 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 McCorkle family

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McCorkle Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McCorkle has appeared as MacCorquodale, MacCorquindale, MacCorkindale, MacCorkill and many more.

Early Notables of the McCorkle family (pre 1700)

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McCorkle Ranking

In the United States, the name McCorkle is the 3,347th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [1]

United States McCorkle migration to the United States +

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McCorkle were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McCorkle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert McCorkle, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [2]
  • Robert McCorkle, who settled in Philadelphia in 1817
  • Joseph McCorkle, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [2]
  • Rachel McCorkle, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
McCorkle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John A. McCorkle, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Ellen J McCorkle, who settled in America, in 1904
  • John McCorkle, aged 59, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Elizabeth McCorkle, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Maude McCorkle, aged 34, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1908

Contemporary Notables of the name McCorkle (post 1700) +

  • James "Jim" L. McCorkle Jr. (b. 1935), American historian, retired professor of history from Northwestern State University
  • George McCorkle (1947-2007), American guitarist, founding member for the Marshall Tucker Band
  • David Porter McCorkle, Confederate Lieutenant in the American Civil War
  • Joseph Walker McCorkle (1819-1884), American politician, California congressman
  • Paul Grier Mccorkle (1863-1934), U.S. Representative from South Carolina
  • Susannah McCorkle (1946-2001), American jazz singer
  • Mark McCorkle, American Emmy Award-nominated screenwriter
  • Charles M. McCorkle, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 11 aerial victories
  • Joseph Walker McCorkle (1819-1884), American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Dayton, Ohio, 1845-49; Member of California State Assembly 14th District, 1851-52; U.S. Representative from California 2nd District, 1851-53 [3]
  • Jim McCorkle, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1944 [3]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191
  • Ms M McCorkle (d. 1979), American passenger from San Francisco, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [4]

The McCorkle 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.

Suggested Readings for the name McCorkle +

  • Alexander McCorkle (1722-1800) & his Kin by John Hale Stutesman.
  • From Viking Glory: Notes on the McCorkle Family in Scotland and America by Louis W. McCorkle.

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  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from
  4. Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook