McCloskey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McCloskey family

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.

Early History of the McCloskey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCloskey research. Another 81 words (6 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 and printed products wherever possible.

McCloskey Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the McCloskey family (pre 1700)

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


United States McCloskey migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Charles McCloskey, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Eliza McCloskey, aged 30, who landed in New York, NY in 1833 [1]
  • James McCloskey, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1833 [1]
  • Jane McCloskey, aged 28, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1833 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McCloskey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCloskey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann McCloskey, aged 19, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Elenor McCloskey, aged 22, who arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • Grace McCloskey, aged 25, who arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • John McCloskey, aged 25, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Ritchard McCloskey, aged 18, who landed in Quebec in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia McCloskey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McCloskey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael McCloskey (aged 22) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"

New Zealand McCloskey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McCloskey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Anne McCloskey, (b. 1848), aged 36, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Bombay" arriving in Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd January 1884 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCloskey (post 1700) +

  • John William McCloskey (1925-2017), American basketball player, coach and executive
  • Molly McCloskey (b. 1964), American writer living in Ireland, winner of the RTÉ Francis MacManus Award (1995) and the inaugural Fish Short Story Prize (1996)
  • John William "Jack" McCloskey (1925-2017), American National Basketball Association player, coach, and executive, father of Molly McCloskey
  • 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
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name McCloskey +

  • 2766 McClaskeys in Military History by Kenneth L. McClaskey.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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