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All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Cosgrave originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Coscraigh or O Coscraigh, from the word "coscrach," which means victorious.

Cosgrave Early Origins



The surname Cosgrave was first found in Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Cosgrave Spelling Variations


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Cosgrave Spelling Variations



Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Cosgrave family name include Cosgrove, Cosgrave, O'Cosgrove, O'Cosgrave, McCosgrove, McCosgrave and many more.

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Cosgrave Early History


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Cosgrave Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cosgrave research. Another 491 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1172, 1620, and 1641 are included under the topic Early Cosgrave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cosgrave Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cosgrave Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cosgrave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Cosgrave:

Cosgrave Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Cosgrave, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • Michael Cosgrave, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Cosgrave Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Cosgrave, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Bartholemew Cosgrave, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • James Cosgrave, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • John Cosgrave, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Julia Cosgrave, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cosgrave Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine, Ellen, Francis, Hannah, James, John, Julia, Margaret, Mary, Michael, Owen, Pat, Peter, Thomas, William Cosgrave, who all arrived in Quebec in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cosgrave (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cosgrave (post 1700)



  • Ephraim MacDowel Cosgrave (1847-1925), Irish physician, antiquary and writer
  • James Cosgrave (b. 1936), Irish nationalist politician
  • Michael Joe Cosgrave (b. 1938), former Irish Fine Gael politician
  • Patrick John Francis Cosgrave (1941-2001), Irish journalist and writer
  • John B. Cosgrave (b. 1946), Irish mathematician specialising in number theory
  • Liam Cosgrave (b. 1920), former Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Taoiseach (19731977) and as Leader of Fine Gael (19651977)
  • Liam Cosgrave (b. 1920), Irish statesman, son of William Cosgrave, Prime Minister of Ireland (1973-1977)
  • William Thomas "W.T." Cosgrave (1880-1965), Irish statesman, first President (1922-32) of the Irish Free State
  • George Cosgrave (1870-1945), United States federal judge
  • Bryan Cosgrave (1903-1992), Australian first-class cricketer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Cosgrave Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    2. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    3. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    6. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    9. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Cosgrave Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cosgrave 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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