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The McCloskey surname evolved from the Irish Gaelicnames O Cathain or Mac Cathain.

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The surname McCloskey was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they were a branch of the O'Kanes.

Spelling variations of this family name include: McCloskey, McCluskey, McClaskey, McCloskie, McLoskie, McCleskey and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCloskey research. Another 398 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1617, 1720, 1790, 1810, 1875, and 1885 are included under the topic Early McCloskey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCloskey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCloskey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Patt McCloskey, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Charles McCloskey, who landed in America in 1812
  • Eliza McCloskey, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1833
  • James McCloskey, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1833
  • Jane McCloskey, aged 28, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1833


McCloskey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Ann McCloskey, aged 19, arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Elenor McCloskey, aged 22, arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • Grace McCloskey, aged 25, arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • John McCloskey, aged 25, landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Ritchard McCloskey, aged 18, landed in Quebec in 1833


McCloskey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Michael McCloskey (aged 22) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"

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  • James Ellwood "Irish" McCloskey (1910-1971), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played one season with the Atlanta Braves in 1936
  • William George McCloskey (1854-1924), American Major League Baseball who played from one year in 1884
  • William George McCloskey (1823-1909), American Catholic priest, Bishop of Louisville, Kentucky
  • John McCloskey (1810-1885), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of New York (1864 until his death in 1885), the first American cardinal
  • Delamere Francis McCloskey (1897-1983), Canadian-born, American lawyer who represented the 1st District on the Los Angeles City Council from 1941 to 1945
  • Deirdre N. McCloskey (b. 1942), American Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Francis Xavier "Frank" McCloskey (1939-2003), Democratic representative from Indiana
  • Robert McCloskey (1914-2003), American author and illustrator of children's books
  • John William "Jack" McCloskey (b. 1925), former American National Basketball Association player, coach, and executive
  • Robert McCloskey (1922-1996), American Diplomat and US State Department Spokesman

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  • McClaskeys in Military History by Kenneth L. McClaskey.
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  2. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  6. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The McCloskey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCloskey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 09:47.

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