McCormick 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 McCormick is Mac Cormaic, derived from the forename Cormac.

Early Origins of the McCormick family

The surname McCormick 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'.

Early History of the McCormick family

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

McCormick Spelling Variations

Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name McCormick revealed many variations, including Cormack, MacCormack, McCormack, McCormick, MacCormick, Cormac, Cormick, Cormyck, Kormack, Kormick, Cormach, Cormich, Cormiche and many more.

Early Notables of the McCormick 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...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCormick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McCormick 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 McCormick or one of its variants:

McCormick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas McCormick, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1734 [1]
McCormick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry McCormick, who landed in America in 1806 [1]
  • Richard McCormick, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1808 [1]
  • Robert McCormick, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • Samuel McCormick, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Bernard McCormick, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McCormick migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCormick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Duncan McCormick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sarah McCormick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Alexander McCormick U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Alexander McCormick is registered as a United Empire Loyalist
McCormick Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Phillip McCormick, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Henery McCormick, aged 20, who arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • John McCormick, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Bridget McCormick, aged 40, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Michael McCormick, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia McCormick migration to Australia +

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

McCormick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John McCormick, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 14 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Patrick Mccormick, (b. 1792), aged 27, English baker who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancastershire, England for 14 years for forgery, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Miss Mary Mccormick, (b. 1805), aged 21, Irish servant who was convicted in Londonderry, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 3rd October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Boyd McCormick, Scottish convict who was convicted in Aberdeen, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 13th March 1828, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. James Mccormick, (McCormack), (b. 1807), aged 24, Irish boat man who was convicted in Antrim, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 16th August 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McCormick 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:

McCormick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Michael McCormick, aged 29, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Johanna McCormick, aged 31, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Michael McCormick, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Ann McCormick, aged 3, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Bridget McCormick, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCormick (post 1700) +

  • Gayle McCormick (1948-2016), American singer, best known for her work with the rock band Smith
  • Robert "Mack" McCormick (1930-2015), American musicologist and folklorist
  • Brigadier-General John Halliday McCormick (1903-1992), American Chief of Staff, 12th Air Force (1948-1949) [7]
  • Alexander Agnew McCormick Jr. (1897-1918), American officer in the United States Navy, recipient of the Navy Cross, eponym of the USS McCormick (DD-223)
  • Dick McCormick (b. 1968), American soccer midfielder and current youth soccer coach
  • William Joseph "Barry" McCormick (1874-1956), American professional baseball player and later a major league umpire
  • William "Bill" P. McCormick (b. 1939), American businessman and diplomat
  • Harold Fowler McCormick Sr. (1872-1941), American chairman of the board of International Harvester Company
  • Nelson McCormick, American director and producer of film and television
  • Michael "Mike" Francis McCormick (b. 1938), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • ... (Another 130 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. J Scott McCormick (b. 1961), American Second Lieutenant from Bristol, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash [8]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Samuel Mccormick, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Mccormick, Irish Fireman from Cork, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Mccormick, Irish 3rd Class passenger returning from Nashua, New Hampshire, USA going to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [11]


The McCormick 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: Sine Timore
Motto Translation: Without fear.


Suggested Readings for the name McCormick +

  • 317 McCormick Genealogy with Related Families by B. Dottie McCormick Perkins, Determined Lives: A Family Odyssey by Edgar L. McCormick.

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) John McCormick. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McCormick/John_Halliday/USA.html
  8. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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