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SURNAMES as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. They were not in use in England or in Scotland before the Norman Conquest, and were first found in the Domesday Book. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. It was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) it became general practice amongst all people. McCARRICK were of Anglo-Norman origin, a family of Ayrshire, Scotland. The name was brought into Scotland in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name in Gaelic is Mac Conharraigh. Early records of the name mention Duncan Karryc, 1224 Scotland, who appears to be the first of the name on record. Sir Rolland de Karryk, was documented in the year 1260 and was a juror on an inquest at Gerwan, on the marriage contracted between Hector de Carric, knight, and Samuel Mackan's daughter. John M'Carrick, secretary to David 11. was appointed one of his envoys to the king of England in 1360. Cuthbert McCarik in Dumfriesshire was documented in the year 1535, and John M'Carrick appears in the parish of Monzie in 1683. The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles.

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