Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland
. The original Gaelic form of the name MacCusker 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 MacCusker family
The surname MacCusker was first found in County Fermanagh
(Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland
, Province of Ulster.
Early History of the MacCusker family
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MacCusker Spelling Variations
A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations
during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name MacCusker include MacCosker, MacCusker, MacOsker, MacOscar and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCusker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacCusker family to the New World and Oceana
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia
. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the MacCusker family came to North America quite early:
MacCusker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Terence MacCusker, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 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)
- Anthony, Bernard, Edward, Hugh, James, John, Mathew, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Terrence, and Thomas MacCusker all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860