The Irish name O'Rorke has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Rorke is O Ruairc, which means descendant of Ruairc and; Ruairc is a personal name
imported by Norse settlers.
Early Origins of the O'Rorke family
The surname O'Rorke was first found in counties Cavan and Leitrim
(Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland
, in Leinster
Early History of the O'Rorke family
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O'Rorke Spelling Variations
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations
for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name O'Rorke were encountered in the archives: O'Rourke, O'Rorke, O'Rork, O'Rourk, O'Roark, Rourke, Rorke, Rourk, Roarke and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Rorke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Rorke family to the New World and Oceana
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name O'Rorke:
O'Rorke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas O'Rorke, who settled in Virginia in 1652
O'Rorke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Michael O'Rorke, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868
O'Rorke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Daniel O'Rorke, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
O'Rorke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Adelaide O'Rorke, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "St. Leonards" in 1873
- Henrietta O'Rorke, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "St. Leonards" in 1873
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Rorke (post 1700)
- Patrick O'Rorke (1837-1863), Irish-American colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War
- Barry O'Rorke (b. 1989), Irish Gaelic football and hurling player
- Brian O'Rorke (1901-1974), New Zealand interior designer
- Sir Maurice O'Rorke (1830-1916), New Zealand Speaker of the House 1879–1902
- Colonel Frederick O'Rorke, Commander of Gibraltar
Historic Events for the O'Rorke family
- Mr. Frederick G Ororke, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
The O'Rorke 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: Serviendo guberno
Motto Translation: I govern by serving.