Origin of the Name Carrick
The origin of the name Carrick
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Carrick is an ancient Scottish and Irish name that is derived from the Gaelic word 'carraig' meaning 'rock'. Variants of this name include Carrig, McCarrick, Carrik, Carreck and many others. When of locational origin the name is taken from the district of Carrick in Ayrshire in Scotland . An early bearer of the name in Scotland was Sir Rolland de Karryk, who was recorded as being a chief juror in the year 1260. A John of Carryk was recorded as being the Secretary to King David II of Scotland in the year 1335.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the name Carrick can also be derived from the Norman 'de Carraig', families of whom arrived in the wake of the Strongbow invasion of the twelfth century. Carrig and Carrick are found mostly in Counties Clare and Limerick but McCarrick is also found in Ulster Province and in County Roscommon. Other Irish families of the name Carrick may be from the MacChonchairrige sept of West Leinster and Galway who also anglicied their name as Rock.
The Carrick coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Carrick descendants.