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 O'Cormack is Mac Cormaic, derived from the forename Cormac.
Early Origins of the O'Cormack family
The surname O'Cormack 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 O'Cormack family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Cormack research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1700, 1782 and 1720 are included under the topic Early O'Cormack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Cormack Spelling Variations
Many variations of the name O'Cormack were found in archives from the Middle Ages. The spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name O'Cormack found include Cormack, MacCormack, McCormack, McCormick, MacCormick, Cormac, Cormick, Cormyck, Kormack, Kormick, Cormach, Cormich, Cormiche and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Cormack 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 O'Cormack Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Cormack family to the New World and Oceana
The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families
immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine
laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of O'Cormack or one of its variants: Daniell Cormack who settled in Virginia in 1643; Christopher Cormack settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1731; Patrick Cormack settled in New York State in 1804.
The O'Cormack 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.