McCormack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name McCormack is Mac Cormaic, derived from the forename Cormac.

Early Origins of the McCormack family

The surname McCormack was first found in Munster. The Cormacks of Munster were of great antiquity and descended directly from Nathi, brother of Felim who was King of Munster about the year 560 A.D. Cormac, son of Cabhsan, was the first chieftain to be called Cormack, and, of course, MacCormack came later as a direct descendent, Mac or Mc signifying the 'son of'.

Important Dates for the McCormack family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCormack research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1700, 1782 and 1720 are included under the topic Early McCormack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCormack Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, scribes listened to a person's name and then decided the spelling from there. Names, therefore, often had many spelling variations. The variations of the name McCormack include: Cormack, MacCormack, McCormack, McCormick, MacCormick, Cormac, Cormick, Cormyck, Kormack, Kormick, Cormach, Cormich, Cormiche and many more.

Early Notables of the McCormack family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Anne McCormac (c. 1700-1782), birth name of Anne Bonny, born in Cork, the infamous Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean. After her capture in 1720, she and he female friend Read both "pleaded...
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McCormack migration to the United States

Irish immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North America. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name McCormack or one of its variants:

McCormack Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dennis McCormack, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1654 [1]
McCormack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lawrence McCormack, aged 40, who landed in Tennessee in 1812 [1]
  • Henry McCormack, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [1]
  • Philip McCormack, aged 23, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1843 [1]
  • Thomas McCormack, aged 26, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1843 [1]
  • Mary McCormack, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCormack migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCormack Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Duncan McCormack, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
McCormack Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James McCormack, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Catherine McCormack, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Elenor McCormack, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1840
  • Mrs. Catherine McCormack, aged 25 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Champion" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • Mr. John McCormack, aged 64 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCormack migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McCormack Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Bridget McCormack, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [3]
  • Mary McCormack, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • John McCormack, aged 37, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" [5]
  • Patrick McCormack, aged 38, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Neptune" [6]
  • Elly McCormack, aged 34, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCormack 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:

McCormack Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John McCormack, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Mr. Michael Mccormack, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sandford" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th July 1856 [8]
  • Mrs. Catherine Mccormack, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sandford" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th July 1856 [8]
  • Miss Ellen Mccormack, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sandford" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th July 1856 [8]
  • Mr. Owen Mccormack, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sandford" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th July 1856 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCormack (post 1700)

  • James P. McCormack, American Democrat politician,Judge of New York Supreme Court 10th District, 2017 [9]
  • Keith McCormack (1940-2015), American singer, guitarist and songwriter, best known for co-writing "Sugar Shack" with his aunt which sold over one million copies in the United States in 1963
  • William Jerome McCormack (1924-2013), American Prelate of Roman Catholic Church
  • Michael Joseph "Mike" McCormack (1930-2013), American NFL football player and coach, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984
  • Patty McCormack (b. 1945), American Academy Award nominated actress
  • Eric James McCormack (b. 1963), Canadian-born, American actor, musician, writer and producer
  • Sean McCormack, former United States Assistant Secretary of State (2005 to 2009)
  • Charles K. McCormack, American politician, Mayor of Albany, Oregon, 1953-56 [9]
  • Charles J. McCormack (d. 1915), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1903; Borough President of Richmond, New York, 1914-15 [9]
  • Bridget Mary McCormack, American Democrat politician, Justice of Michigan State Supreme Court; Elected 2012 [9]
  • ... (Another 39 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McCormack family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Donald Mccormack, English Assistant Telegraphist from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [10]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Thomas Joseph McCormack, aged 19, American Third Class passenger from Bayonne, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 15 [11]

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Citations

  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 43)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Inconstant.htm
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/phoebedunbar1852.shtml
  6. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 26 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Neptune 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/neptune1853.shtml.
  7. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sirthomasgresham1854.shtml.
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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