Cormac: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Cormac

Cormac

Pronunciation: KOHR-mak, KOHR-mik (key)

It's remarkable that the success of writer Cormac McCarthy (All the Pretty Horses) hasn't brought this Irish favorite to America's attention. Cormac's crackling consonants make for a smart, rugged sound. The name has a long and storied history in Ireland, but a disputed origin. Some claim it means "charioteer," others the unappealing "son of defilement."

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Our oldest son (b. 1993) is Cormac. He's a twin; his twin sister is Catherine, called Caty. His nickname is Mac. Caty and Mac are our oldest kids; their younger brothers are Eamonn (pr. Aymin), Declan, and Darrien.

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Nicknames for Cormac: | Edit

Mac, Cory, Corky

"Corley" is historically a nickname for Cormac as well.

Meanings and history of the name Cormac: | Edit

Gaelic, "son of raven"

Famous real-life people named Cormac: | Edit

Cormac McCarthy (1933-), Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist.

Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (1932), Cardinal and former Archbishop of Westminster.

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Cormac McLaggen - the reserve Keeper for Gryffindor in Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (Book 6).

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