Families surnamed Cormican were,
according to sources consulted here, resident mainly in the province of
Connaught, notably in counties, Galway, Roscommon and Sligo. According to
Fr. Woulfe's book "Irish Surnames" etc. the name derives from Cormac, the
well known century High King of Ireland. The diminutive -an means little.
There are quite a number of variations of the name but in the course of the
present search attention was focused exclusively on the for Cormican.
Searches in the general valuation, dated about 1850, covering Co. Galway
revealed that families spelling themselves so were located in about eight
parishes scattered throughout the county, but mainly in the south-east.
Details of the Cormican holdings are given in an appendix to this report.
The valuation was essentially a tax record and its purpose was to raise money
for the upkeep of the poor.
In more remote times
the family appears to
have been located at Abbeygormagan where an Abbey was founded for the Order
of St. Augustian by O"Gormican head of the sept. Also appended to the
report is a copy of Lewis"map dated 1837 on which is indicated the location
of the relevant parishes for ease of reference.
From Fr. Woulf's Irish and Anglo Surnames, Dublin 1923
O cormacain-I-O Cormacan,O Cormakane,O
Cormacan,Cormocan,Cormican,Gormican,(Cormack,Cormick, MacCormick): des. of
Cormacan(dim of Cormac) the name of at least four families in different
parts of Ireland. viz:
(I) O C of Roscommon. This family appears to hav ebeen connected with the
church of St.Coman/ Fionn O Cormacain was one of the four hostages given by
Cahal Crovderg O'Conor, King of Connacht, to KIng John, when the latter
visited Ireland in 1210.
(2) IC of Thomond, a branch of the Dal gCais. These appear to be an
ecclesiastical family and erenaghs of the parish of Moynoe, in Co. Clare.
Three of them were bishops of Killaloe in the 13th and 14th century.
(30O.C. of Galway, a family formerly seated in the parish of Abbey-Gormican,
in the barony of Langford, where they founded the abbey from which the parish
derives its name.
(4) O C of Down
Details of Cormican family holding in Co. Galway- ref General Valuation,
PARISH OF KILCHRREST
Michael Cormican, Senior -house &small farm
Michael Cormican, Junior
PARISH OF ISERTKELLY
Patrick Cormican house & 2 acres
PARISH OF CLONTUSKERT
Patrick Cormican 21 acres
John Cormican House & 23 acres
PARISH OF AUGHRIM
John Cormican House
PARISH OF KINVARRADOORUS
John Cormican House & 1 3/4 acres
PARISH OF TYNAGH
Lissanard East townland
Peter Cormican House & Land, 47 acres
Martin Cormican House & Land, 27 acres
PARISH OF ABBEYGORMICAN
Michael Cormican House & Land, 29 acres
James Cormican House & Land, 61 acres
PARISH OF CLONFERT
Patrick Cormican House & Land, 3 acres
Matthew Cormican House & Land pt.,55 acres
John Cormican 12 acres
Perhaps this will be of interest to you...
Do you have any info on any Cormicans from Belfast Area?