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When the Anglo- Normans began to settle in Ireland, they brought the tradition of local surnames to an island which already had a Gaelic naming system of hereditary surnames established. Unlike the Irish, the Anglo- Normans had an affinity for local surnames. Local surnames, such as Cusack, were formed from the name of a place or a geographical landmark. Often, these place names were prefixed by "de," which means "from" in French: in later years, the prefix sometimes became joined to the name, or was sometimes dropped. The Cusack family name is thought to have come from any of several places named Cussac in France; such as Cussac in Guienne (Guyenne), Cussac in Limousin, or from Cussac in Auvergne. These place names are thought to derive from Cucius or Cussius, a Romano-Gallic personal name, along with the suffix "-acum." After the name came to Ireland, it took on the Gaelic form Ciomhsóg. However, in the county of Clare, the Gaelic form of the name is Mac Iosóg.

Cusack Early Origins



The surname Cusack was first found in County Meath (Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where Jeoffrey Le Cusack was first recorded. He was named after a town of that name in France and came to Ireland shortly after the English invasion. Adam Cusack, his grandson "slew William Barret and his brothers in Connaught, on account of a quarrel about lands " in 1282. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
Another reference has a slightly different twist on the origin in France. In this reference, the name "is derived from a place in Guienne, France, and was first anglicized as de Cussac." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Whichever origin is true, the occurrence of the name in England was indeed rare.

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Cusack Spelling Variations


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Cusack Spelling Variations



It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Cusack that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Cusack has existed in the various shapes: Cusack, Cusacke, Cussack, Cossack, Cosack, Cewsack, Ceusack, Cowsack, Coussack, Cussach, Cussache, Cussoch, Coussack, M'Cusack, Cussick and many more.

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Cusack Early History


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Cusack Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cusack research. Another 387 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1211, 1280, 1300, 1687, 1770, 1788, 1861, 1409, 1490, 1571 and 1415 are included under the topic Early Cusack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cusack Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cusack Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cusack Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Cusack:

Cusack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Cusack who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1830
  • Edward Cusack, who arrived in New York in 1847
  • Betsey Cusack settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849
  • William Cusack, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1851
  • Peter Cusack settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cusack Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Cusack was a merchant of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1827 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Pat Cusack settled in Canada in 1839
  • James Cusack settled in Canada in 1849
  • Michael Cusack settled in Canada in 1850
  • John Cusack was settled in Great St. Lawrence in 1871

Cusack Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Honora Cusack, aged 30, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune"
  • Margaret Cusack, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune"
  • Rose Cusack, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
  • Andrew Cusack, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cusack (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cusack (post 1700)



  • William Cusack, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 4th District, 1878
  • Thomas Cusack (1858-1926), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois 4th District, 1899-1901; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908
  • S. F. Cusack, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1936, 1944, 1948, 1952
  • Patrick Cusack, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 21st District, 1998
  • Lee Cusack (1885-1951), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wetzel County, 1927-32; Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 2nd District, 1948
  • Joyce M. Cusack, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; Presidential Elector for Florida, 1996; Member of Democratic National Committee from Florida, 2004-08
  • Elizabeth B. Cusack, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1948
  • Christopher F. Cusack, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 1st District, 1948
  • John Paul Cusack (b. 1966), award winning American film actor and screenwriter
  • Ann Cusack (b. 1961), American actress sister of actors Joan, Bill, John and Susie Cusack
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  3. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. 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.
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