Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name MacCosker is Mag Uidhir, which is derived from the word odhar, meaning dun-colored; in the genitive case, the word is uidhir.
Early Origins of the MacCosker family
Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster.
Early History of the MacCosker family
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MacCosker Spelling Variations
spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name MacCosker revealed many variations, including MacCosker, MacCusker, MacOsker, MacOscar and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCosker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacCosker family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the MacCosker family relocated to North American shores quite early:
MacCosker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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