The surname McCorlett comes from the Old Norse forename Thorliotr, meaning "Thor-people." It was Gaelicized to MacThorliotr; however in Gaelic the letters "Th" are not pronounced after the prefix "Mac," thus the surname came to be elided to MacCorlett.
The surname McCorlett was first found in on the Isle of Man. The Vikings had conquered the island from the Celts in the 9th century, and ruled it from Dublin. They settled on the island and intermarried with the Gaelic Scoti people, who had migrated from Ireland to Man and Scotland much earlier.
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Migration of the McCorlett family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elijah Corlett, who settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1644. John Corlet settled in Virginia in 1701; Thomas Corlett and William Corlett were naturalized in South Carolina in 1797 and 1806. H. Corlett landed in San Francisco in 1852. Daniel Corlett was naturalized in Ohio in 1844.