McCroskey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The original Gaelic form of the Irish name McCroskey was written as Mac an Chrosain, which is derived from the word cros, which means cross.

Early Origins of the McCroskey family

The surname McCroskey was first found in Leinster, where they held a family seat at Ballymacrossan on the border of Leix and Offaly. There they were an off-shoot of the notable Clan O'Moore which was the leading sept of the 'Seven Clans of Leix'. In Gaelic the surname is "Mac an Chrosain," but more frequently seen in the English form "Crosby" or "Crosbie" which was listed as early as the early 1600s. [1]

Important Dates for the McCroskey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCroskey research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1621, 1638, 1658, 1658, 1639, 1619, 1638, 1695, 1689 and 1762 are included under the topic Early McCroskey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCroskey Spelling Variations

Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname McCroskey were found in the archives researched. These included Crossan, Crossen, McCrossan, McCrossen, MacCrossan, MacCrossin, MacCrossen, Crossin, MacCrosson, McCrosson, Crosson, McCrosin, McCrosen and many more.

Early Notables of the McCroskey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Patrick McCrossan, Chief of his Clann; John Crosbie, alias Sean Mac an Chrosáin (died 1621), a bishop of the Church of Ireland; and his sons: Sir Walter Crosbie, 1st Baronet, died 4 Aug 1638; David Crosbie (died 1658), died 1658; Sir John Crosbie...
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McCroskey migration to the United States

A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name McCroskey:

McCroskey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James McCroskey, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
McCroskey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emily Mc Croskey, aged 60, originally from Tubney, England, arrived in New York City, New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Southampton, England [3]
  • Samuel McCroskey, aged 28, destined for Glen Ridge, N.J., arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1922 aboard the ship "Calamares" from Cristobal, C.Z. [4]
  • Nettie Mc Croskey, aged 48, destined for New York, N.Y., arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Patria" from Naples, Italy [5]
  • Jean Mc Croskey, aged 10, destined for New York, N.Y., arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Patria" from Naples, Italy [6]
  • Ward Mc Croskey, aged 16, destined for New York, N.Y., arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Patria" from Naples, Italy [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCroskey (post 1700)

  • Brigadier-General Samuel Lusker McCroskey (1893-1960), American Commanding Officer 55th Coast Artillery Brigade (1942-1945) [8]
  • Robert McCroskey (b. 1942), American professional baseball player
  • Thomas J. McCroskey (1874-1948), American politician, Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska from 1933 to 1934
  • Bryon McCroskey, American professional mixed martial artist
  • Virgil Talmadge McCroskey (1876-1970), American conservationist

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Citations

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFBQ-WZ3 : 6 December 2014), Emily Mc Croskey, 26 Sep 1903; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Saint Louis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN2K-25M : 6 December 2014), Samuel McCroskey, 14 May 1922; citing departure port Cristobal, C.Z., arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Calamares, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNLC-W66 : 6 December 2014), Nettie Mc Croskey, 08 Jul 1922; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Patria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNLC-W6J : 6 December 2014), Jean Mc Croskey, 08 Jul 1922; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Patria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNLC-W6N : 6 December 2014), Ward Mc Croskey, 08 Jul 1922; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Patria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Samuel McCroskey. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McCroskey/Samuel_Lusker/USA.html
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