Show ContentsMcCorquodale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McCorquodale family were born. Their name comes 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 McCorquodale family

The surname McCorquodale 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 McCorquodale family

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McCorquodale Spelling Variations

In various documents McCorquodale has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacCorquodale, MacCorquindale, MacCorkindale, MacCorkill and many more.

Early Notables of the McCorquodale family (pre 1700)

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United States McCorquodale migration to the United States +

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McCorquodale or a variant listed above include:

McCorquodale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian McCorquodale, who landed in Virginia in 1792 [1]
McCorquodale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A McCorquodale, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Canada McCorquodale migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCorquodale Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name McCorquodale (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Charles McCorquodale Jr. (1920-2017), American politician, Member of the Alabama House of Representatives (1959-1983), Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives (1971-1983)
  • Felton "Corky" McCorquodale (1904-1968), American professional poker player, inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979
  • Dan McCorquodale (b. 1934), American politician
  • Alastair McCorquodale (1925-2009), Scottish silver medalist athlete at the 1948 Summer Olympics and cricketer
  • Malcolm Stewart McCorquodale PC (1901-1971), 1st Baron McCorquodale of Newton, a British businessman and Conservative politician
  • Lady Sarah McCorquodale (b. 1955), sister of the late Lady Diana, Princess of Wales

The McCorquodale 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.

  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. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0 on Facebook