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The name McGuirk has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as Mag Oir c.

McGuirk Early Origins



The surname McGuirk was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland. They were descended from King Niall of the Nine Hostages, who died in France in the year 365 A.D. McGurk meant "son of Corc.".

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McGuirk Spelling Variations


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McGuirk Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name McGuirk revealed many variations, including McGurk, McGurrk, McGuirk, MacGuirk, MacGurk and many more.

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McGuirk Early History


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McGuirk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGuirk research. Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1294, 1314, 1542, and 1890 are included under the topic Early McGuirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGuirk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGuirk Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGuirk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many McGuirks:

McGuirk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann McGuirk settled in Waldoboro Massachusetts in 1821
  • Ann McGuirk, aged 19, landed in America in 1821
  • John, Matthew, Michael, and Patrick McGuirk also settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1821 and 1876

McGuirk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza McGuirk, aged 30, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Bridget McGuirk, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGuirk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGuirk (post 1700)



  • Warren P. McGuirk (1906-1981), American dean of the School of Physical Education and Director of Athletics at the University of Massachusetts
  • Terry McGuirk, currently the American chairman of Major League Baseball 's Atlanta Braves
  • Michelle McGuirk (b. 1958), American professional wrestling personality
  • Bernard McGuirk, the American executive producer of the Imus in the Morning radio program
  • Leroy Michael McGuirk (1910-1988), American wrestler and professional wrestling promoter
  • Russell H. McGuirk, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 1st District, 1956
  • Harry James McGuirk (1923-1992), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1964; Member of Maryland State Senate District 12; Elected 1966; Elected unopposed 1970
  • Don McGuirk, American Republican politician, Member of Nevada State Senate, 1950
  • William Edward McGuirk, Banker of New York City

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Motto


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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: Lamh dearg Eirinn
Motto Translation: The red hand for Ireland.


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McGuirk Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    5. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    11. ...

    The McGuirk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGuirk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 October 2016 at 09:28.

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