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

McGurk Early Origins



The surname McGurk 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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McGurk Spelling Variations


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McGurk Spelling Variations



The search for the origins of the name McGurk family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include McGurk, McGurrk, McGuirk, MacGuirk, MacGurk and many more.

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McGurk Early History


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McGurk Early History



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

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McGurk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGurk Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGurk 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



A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name McGurk:

McGurk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James and John McGurk landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1799

McGurk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McGurk, aged 30, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • James McGurk, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Thomas McGurk, who arrived in New York in 1845
  • Patrick McGurk, who arrived in Indiana in 1852
  • Peter Miller McGurk, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGurk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William McGurk, aged 50, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Martha McGurk, aged 50, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Thomas McGurk, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • John McGurk, aged 10, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • James McGurk, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGurk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary McGurk, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Rose McGurk, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • Bridget McGurk, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

McGurk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • C McGurk landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • Neill McGurk, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Catherine McGurk, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Ann McGurk, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • James McGurk, aged 20, a ploughman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGurk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGurk (post 1700)



  • Frank McGurk (1915-1982), American racecar driver
  • W. E. McGurk, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1948
  • Tom McGurk, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 2nd District, 2002
  • Joseph F. McGurk (1892-1962), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Dominican Republic, 1945; Uruguay, 1946-47
  • James McGurk, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924
  • Tom McGurk (b. 1946), Irish poet, journalist, radio presenter and sportscaster
  • Anthony "Tony" McGurk, Irish two-time All Star winning former Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Hugh Martin McGurk, Irish former dual GAA player
  • John McGurk (1874-1944), British coal miner and trade unionist, Chair of the Labour Party (1918-1919)
  • Simone Frances McGurk (b. 1963), Australian politician, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for Fremantle (2013-)
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    2. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    6. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The McGurk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGurk 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 14 October 2016 at 16:55.

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