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Where did the Irish McOsker family come from? What is the Irish McOsker family crest and coat of arms? When did the McOsker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McOsker family history?

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name McOsker is Mag Uidhir, which is derived from the word odhar, meaning dun-colored; in the genitive case, the word is uidhir.

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Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McOsker dating from that time include MacCosker, MacCusker, MacOsker, MacOscar and many more.

First found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McOsker research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McOsker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McOsker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McOsker family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McOsker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Patrick McOsker arrived in Philadelphia in 1822

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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The McOsker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McOsker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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