Show ContentsMcCormac History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Strathclyde clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first people to use the name McCormac. It is derived from the Gaelic name MacChormaig, which derives from the given name Cormac, meaning charioteer.

Early Origins of the McCormac family

The surname McCormac was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, 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 McCormac family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCormac research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1132, 1811, 1794 and 1865 are included under the topic Early McCormac History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCormac Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. McCormac has been spelled MacCormack, MacCormick, MacCormock, McCormick, McCormack, McCormock, Maccormick, Maccormack, Maccormock, McArmick, McCarmick, McCarmike, McKermick, Makarmik, McCornick, Cornick, Cormack, M'Kernock, MacCornack and many more.

Early Notables of the McCormac family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McCormac family to Ireland

Some of the McCormac family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 200 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McCormac migration to the United States +

Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

McCormac Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dan McCormac, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • William McCormac, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCormac (post 1700) +

  • John E. McCormac (b. 1961), American politician, Mayor of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, 2006, Treasurer of New Jersey (2002-2006)
  • Hollie Brockenborough McCormac (1875-1937), American Republican politician, Woolen mill manager; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1924; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1928 [2]
  • Elizabeth McCormac, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972 [2]
  • Gerry McCormac FSA, FRSA, FHEA (b. 1958), Irish Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling

HMS Hood
  • Mr. John McCormac (b. 1924), English Signal Boy serving for the Royal Navy from Edmonton, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [3]

  1. 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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from
  3. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook