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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Where did the Irish McCloskey family come from? What is the Irish McCloskey family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCloskey family history?

The McCloskey surname evolved from the Irish Gaelicnames O Cathain or Mac Cathain.


Spelling variations of this family name include: McCloskey, McCluskey, McClaskey, McCloskie, McLoskie, McCleskey and many more.

First found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they were a branch of the O'Kanes.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCloskey research. Another 398 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1617, 1720, 1790, 1810, 1875, and 1885 are included under the topic Early McCloskey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCloskey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCloskey Settlers in the 19th Century

  • Patt McCloskey, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Charles McCloskey, who landed in America in 1812
  • Ann McCloskey, aged 19, arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Elenor McCloskey, aged 22, arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • Eliza McCloskey, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1833


  • Paul McCloskey (b. 1979), Irish southpaw professional boxer
  • Edward Vincent McCloskey (b. 1920), Irish nationalist politician
  • Martin McCloskey (b. 1964), Irish former World Championship darts player
  • Aaron McCloskey (b. 1988), Irish rugby league player
  • James J McCloskey (1825-1913), Canadian author
  • Robert McCloskey (1922-1996), American Diplomat and US State Department Spokesman
  • Francis Xavier "Frank" McCloskey (1939-2003), Democratic representative from Indiana
  • John William "Jack" McCloskey (b. 1925), former American National Basketball Association player, coach, and executive
  • Leigh J. McCloskey (b. 1955), American film and television actor
  • Robert McCloskey (1914-2003), American author and illustrator of children's books



  • McClaskeys in Military History by Kenneth L. McClaskey.

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  1. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  3. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  4. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  5. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  6. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  11. ...

The McCloskey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCloskey 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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