Cosgrove History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Cosgrove family

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

Important Dates for the Cosgrove family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cosgrove research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1172, 1620, and 1641 are included under the topic Early Cosgrove History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cosgrove Spelling Variations

The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as Cosgrove, Cosgrave, O'Cosgrove, O'Cosgrave, McCosgrove, McCosgrave and many more.

Early Notables of the Cosgrove family (pre 1700)

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Cosgrove migration to the United States

Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Cosgrove were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Cosgrove Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Cosgrove, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
  • Michael Cosgrove, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
Cosgrove Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Barnard Cosgrove, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Bartholemew Cosgrove, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • Richard Cosgrove, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 [1]
  • Teresa Cosgrove, who landed in New York, NY in 1845 [1]
  • John, Michael, William Cosgrove, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cosgrove migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cosgrove Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Dennis Cosgrove U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
Cosgrove Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Cosgrove, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • Margaret Cosgrove, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Mr. Daniel Cosgrove, aged 45 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [3]
  • Miss. Margaret Cosgrove, aged 18 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Cosgrove, aged 60 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cosgrove migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cosgrove Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Cosgrove, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Alicia Cosgrove, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [5]
  • Mary Cosgrove, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [6]
  • Mary Cosgrove, aged 30, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • John Cosgrove, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cosgrove migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cosgrove Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Catherine Cosgrove, (b. 1839), aged 20, Irish house keeper from Rosecommon travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th May 1859 [8]
  • Mr. Michael Cosgrove, (b. 1858), aged 1, Irish settler from Roscommon travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th May 1859 [8]
  • Miss Mary Cosgrove, British settler travelling from Liverpool (Mersey) aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand then Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1860 [8]
  • Mary Cosgrove, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" in 1860
  • Miss Kate Cosgrove, (b. 1851), aged 19, British general servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1870 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cosgrove (post 1700)

  • Samuel Goodlove Cosgrove (1847-1909), American politician, 6th Governor of Washington (1909)
  • Harriet 'Hattie' Siliman Cosgrove (1887-1970), American archaeologist
  • Daniel Cosgrove (b. 1970), American two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominated actor, best known for his work on The Guiding Light
  • John Cosgrove (b. 1968), American politician, congressman from Missouri
  • Kevin Cosgrove (1955-2001), American victim of the 9/11 attack; was Claims Vice President of Aon Corporation
  • John Cosgrove (b. 1954), Virginia state legislator
  • Luke Cosgrove (1862-1949), Irish actor
  • William Cosgrove (1888-1936), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Paddy Cosgrove, Former Chairman of Mayo County Council, Ireland
  • Mr. Brian Joseph Cosgrove O.B.E., (b. 1934), born in North Manchester, British BAFTA Award winning director, producer and animator, best known for Danger Mouse, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the UK Animation Industry [10]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 21)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
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