• McCormack surname history

    McCormack surname history

    MacCormack and MacCormick are both derived from Mac Cormaic,from the extremely popular Irish and Scottish personal name Cormac. This popularity meant that the surname arose independently in a large number of places throughout Ireland (and Scotland), and is today widely scattered. It seems likely also that the creation of theses surnames took place at a later date than many of the other native Irish names. The only family of any early consequence were based in Co. Fermanagh, around Kilmacormick, "MacCormack's church", and were a branch of the Maguires. The most famous bearer of the surname is undoubtedly John MacCormack (1885-1945), the operatic and concert tenor, who achieved extraordinary international fame in the first half of this century.