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The Irish name Rourk has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Rourk is O Ruairc, which means descendant of Ruairc and; Ruairc is a personal name imported by Norse settlers.

Rourk Early Origins



The surname Rourk 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 province.

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Rourk Spelling Variations


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Rourk Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Rourk that are preserved in archival documents are O'Rourke, O'Rorke, O'Rork, O'Rourk, O'Roark, Rourke, Rorke, Rourk, Roarke and many more.

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Rourk Early History


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Rourk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rourk research. Another 240 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1046, 1172, and 1771 are included under the topic Early Rourk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rourk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rourk Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rourk 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 great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Rourk name:

Rourk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anne Rourk settled with her husband in Maine in 1822
  • Owen Rourk, who landed in New York in 1828
  • Patrick Rourk, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Peter Rourk, aged 20, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1893

Rourk Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bernard Rourk, aged 30, who arrived in America from Ballinamore, Ireland, in 1910
  • Bridget Rourk, aged 19, who arrived in America from Clonbisi, Irland, in 1912
  • G. R. Rourk, aged 29, who arrived in America, in 1919
  • Frank M. Rourk, aged 48, who arrived in America, in 1921
  • John Rourk, who arrived in America, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rourk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Rourk, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1802
  • David Rourk, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1808
  • John Rourk, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1836

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rourk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rourk (post 1700)



  • David C. Rourk, American Elder in the Church of God by Faith

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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: Serviendo guberno
Motto Translation: I govern by serving.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    11. ...

    The Rourk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rourk 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 6 October 2016 at 20:25.

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