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Mac is Irish for "son", and can be used as either a prefix or a suffix. The derivation of "cor" is not so clear. The most popular speculation is that it is from "corb," the old Irish for wheel, perhaps designating someone who fought in a cart or chariot as male names are often derived from order of battle. (For instance "Gary, Garth, etc., from "gar" for "spear.") However, some etymologies suggest it derives from the old Irish for "raven", a bird laden with mystical meaning for the Celts, and often used to mean "legend" or "legendary". Similarly, it might refer specifically to Corb, one of the legendary Fomorians of Irish mythology. Today the name is typically listed in baby names books as meaning "raven" or "legend" or sometimes as "charioteer".
People with the name
- Cormac Mac Airt, semi-historical High King of Ireland, Ruler of Tara ca. 227-266
- Cormac Cond Longas, exiled prince of Ulster from Irish mythology
- Cormac of Armagh (c.430 - 17 February 497), Archbishop of Armagh diocese and Abbot of Armagh monastery, Ireland from 481 to 17 February 497
- Cormac mac Cuilennáin, ninth-century bishop and king
- Cormac of Dunkeld ca. 1114–1131, Bishop of Dunkeld
- Cormac Mac Carthaigh, Bishop and King of Cashel, ? -1388
- Cormac Láidir MacCarthy (1411-1494), Irish Chieftain, discoverer of the Blarney Stone and builder of Blarney Castle.
- Cormac McCarthy, American novelist
- Cormac Breslin, Irish politician
- Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Cardinal and Archbishop of Westminster
- Cormac Antram (1926-2013), also known as Father Cormac, American priest and expert on the Navajo language
- Cormac Costello, Gaelic football player
- Cormac Ua Liatháin, Irish saint