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Cusick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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 Cusick, 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 Cusick 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.

Early Origins of the Cusick family


The surname Cusick 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.

Early History of the Cusick family


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Cusick Spelling Variations


Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations of even a single name. Early versions of the name Cusick included: Cusack, Cusacke, Cussack, Cossack, Cosack, Cewsack, Ceusack, Cowsack, Coussack, Cussach, Cussache, Cussoch, Coussack, M'Cusack, Cussick and many more.

Early Notables of the Cusick family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cusick family to the New World and Oceana


Ireland went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Cusick:

Cusick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Peter Cusick, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Cusick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Cusick, aged 23, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Peter Cusick, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Cusick, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Catherine Cusick, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Ellen Cusick, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Mullycastle, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cusick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bertha Cusick, aged 24, who landed in America from Bolton, in 1904
  • Ana Cusick, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Dundee, in 1906
  • Annie Cusick, aged 25, who settled in America from Castlebar, Ireland, in 1908
  • James Cusick, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Castlebar, Ireland, in 1908
  • Alice Winifred Cusick, aged 17, who landed in America from Macclesfield, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cusick Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anniver Cusick, aged 29, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • John Cusick, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1827
  • John Cusick, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • James Cusick, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Mary Cusick, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland

Contemporary Notables of the name Cusick (post 1700)


  • Suzanne G. Cusick, American music historian and musicologist
  • Andrew Daniel Cusick (1857-1929), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Dennis Cusick (1800-1824), American Tuscarora painter from New York and one of the founders of the Iroquois Realist Style of painting
  • Frederick Michael Cusick (1918-2009), American ice hockey broadcaster
  • David Cusick (1780-1831), American Tuscarora artist and the author of David Cusick’s Sketches of Ancient History of the Six Nations
  • Richie Tankersley Cusick (b. 1952), American author
  • Raymond Patrick "Ray" Cusick (1928-2013), London-born, BBC designer, best known for designing the Daleks, a race of aliens for the science fiction television series Doctor Who
  • Edmund Cusick (1962-2007), British writer and academic
  • Henry Ian Cusick (b. 1969), Scottish-Peruvian actor

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Citations


  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. ^ 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)

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