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Gender: Male Meaning of Cormac: "charioteer" Origin of Cormac: Irish

The name Cormac is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "charioteer". Cormac and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Totally, Kinda, or No Way?".

From the experts:

Both offbeat and upbeat, this evocative traditional Irish name that runs through Celtic mythology is known here via award-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy (born Charles). The author's adopted name is related to Cormac Mac Airt, one of the great legendary high kings of Ireland.

In two of the Harry Potter movies, Cormac McLaggen is a Gryffindor student.

And for all you popularity-phobes, Cormac has never yet made it onto the American Top 1000 list.

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Famous People Named Cormac

Cormac Mac Airt, ancient king from Ireland and ruler of Tara
Charles "Cormac" McCarthy, American novelist and screenwriter
Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Irish cardinal
Cormac Breslin, Irish politician

Pop Culture References for the name Cormac

Cormac Fitzpatrick, character on TV's Veronica Mars
Cormac Praxus, character in DC comics
Cormac McLaggen, character in the Harry Potter series
Cormac Limbs, character in the Cirque du Freak series

Cormack, Cormag, Cormic, Cormick, Mac, Mack


NameLover 11 Says:


i like it. The nn Mac is so cute.

Susan Cholley Hammond Says:


We recently had a baby boy and named him Cormac. I'm part Irish and my husband is Irish and Scottish. He wore a kilt for our wedding and we had a bagpiper play, so naming our son Cormac was fitting. I've also been a preschool teacher for years and wanted a very different name. We love it

beachbear Says:


I hear this name and think of three things:
1. Cormac McLaggen from Harry Potter
2. tarmac
3. cognac

strawberrydino Says:


Reminds me of the South Park character Kenny McCormick ...

Hallie Says:


OMG I LOVE this name!:)

Ehamey Says:


Love this name! We were searching for a strong Irish name and I loved the nick name Mac. This name fit the bill. Strong Irish classic Cormac and more American guys name "Mac". It fits him perfectly!

Addie88 Says:


I love this name. It's strong and masculine, and has a history. But it isn't bland. It's moving up on my shortlist for a son. It also helps that my husband loves it, too.

ARose1712 Says:


I quite like Cormac even though it is the name of the leper in the book Juniper.

MaryKathryn Says:


I really do like this name, but whenever I hear it I can't help but to think of the spice company McCormick.

lesliemarion Says:


Sounds a bit like tarmac. I just think apocalypse when I hear it from its author connection.I much prefer the dorkier Dermot.

raevynstar Says:


I used to think this sounded flat-footed and hideous, but I'm starting to like it.