Origin of the Name Irick
The origin of the name Irick
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Irick include Mullarkey, Ercke, Herrick and Mollarky. This name in Irish is O'Maoilearca and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
This sept came from Tirconnell and, in common with several others from County Donegal, migrated to Connacht in the wake of the O'Donnells in the 17th century. The name means 'descendant of a follower of Saint Earc or Erc', hence the variant form Erck. The name Herrick is a synonym of Erck. One of the leaders of the O'Neill-O'Cahan conspiracy against the Ulster Planters in the year 1615 was Edmond Mullarkey, the Provincial of the Irish Franciscans. The name occurs in the Donegal Hearth Money Rolls in the year 1665 as O'Harrick. A John Caillard Erck, 1829-1900, was the editor of several important and famous Irish Historical documents.
The Irick 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 Irick descendants.