McClusky History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McClusky family

The surname McClusky 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 McClusky family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McClusky 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 McClusky History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McClusky Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the McClusky family (pre 1700)

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McClusky Ranking

In the United States, the name McClusky is the 16,084th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States McClusky migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McClusky Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann McClusky, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]
  • John McClusky, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Pat McClusky, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Eliza McClusky, aged 24, who arrived in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1892
  • John McClusky, aged 29, who arrived in America from Sterling, Scotland, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McClusky Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hughey McClusky, aged 4, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1904
  • Jenette McClusky, aged 11, who arrived in America from Glasgow, in 1904
  • Maggie McClusky, aged 22, who arrived in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Edward McClusky, aged 23, who arrived in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • Edward McClusky, aged 25, who arrived in America from Motherwell, Scotland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McClusky migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McClusky Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William McClusky U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
McClusky Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry McClusky, aged 14 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Wellington" departing 29th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th September 1847 but he died on board [4]
McClusky Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • N. A. McClusky, aged 21, who arrived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1910
  • John McClusky, aged 67, who arrived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1912

Australia McClusky migration to Australia +

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

McClusky Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph McClusky, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. James McClusky, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 27th May 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Daniel McClusky, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner" [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name McClusky (post 1700) +

  • George W. "Chesty" McClusky (1861-1912), American police inspector in the New York City Police Department nicknamed "Gentleman"
  • John V. McClusky, American astronomer, a prolific discoverer of asteroids he has discovered over 44 asteroids
  • Rear Admiral Clarence Wade McClusky (1902-1976), United States Navy aviator during World War II, known for his major role in the Battle of Midway, awarded the Navy Cross and Presidential Unit Citation, eponym of the USS McClusky (FFG-41), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
  • Leigh McClusky, Australian journalist and presenter


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 86)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elphinstone
  7. ^ South Australia Passengerlists (Retrieved 10th November 2010). Retrieved from https://archives.sa.gov.au/sites/default/files/documentstore/passengerlists/1855/GRG35_48_1_55-35_Glentanner.pdf


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