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Early Origins of the McTurk family

The surname McTurk was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border.

After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted took haven. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'.

A Galwegian surname, in Gaelic MocTuirc means 'son of Tore, ' from tore, a boar. [1]

The first record of the name was John Makturk in Mekle Ariewland in the barony of Mochrum, in record in 1538. Almost one hundred years later, Bessie Makturck was married in "Edinbergh" in 1621 and few years later, John Makterke, servitor of George Stewart of Robertoun was listed in 1624. [2]

Captain MacTurk is a fictional character in Sir Walter Scott's 19th century novel Saint Ronan's Well published in 1823 and Mr. MacTurk appears in the novel Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte.

Early History of the McTurk family

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McTurk Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: McTurk, McTork, McTurie, McTuire, McTurck and others.

Early Notables of the McTurk family (pre 1700)

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United States McTurk migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McTurk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W. McTurk, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852
  • Samuel McTurk, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
  • John McTurk, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [3]
  • David McTurk, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name McTurk (post 1700) +

  • Kevin McTurk (b. 1967), American award winning Special Effects technician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, known for his work on The Time Machine (2002), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and Iron Man (2008)
  • Joe McTurk (1897-1961), American actor from New York City known for his roles in Guys and Dolls (1955), Breakdown (1952) and Cavalcade of America (1952)
  • Barbara McTurk, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Colorado, 1996 [4]
  • Johnathan "John" McTurk (b. 1936), Scottish former footballer from Lugar, East Ayrshire who played from 1951 to 1966

The McTurk 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: Pace vel bello
Motto Translation: In peace or war

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook