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Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name McCusker is Mag Uidhir, which is derived from the word odhar, meaning dun-colored; in the genitive case, the word is uidhir.

McCusker Early Origins



The surname McCusker was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster.

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McCusker Spelling Variations


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McCusker Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname McCusker can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include MacCosker, MacCusker, MacOsker, MacOscar and many more.

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McCusker Early History


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McCusker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCusker research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCusker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCusker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCusker Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McCusker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McCusker name:

McCusker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Terry McCusker, aged 22, arrived in Louisiana in 1812
  • Terence McCusker, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Owen McCusker, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873
  • Thomas McCusker, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877
  • Bridget McCusker, aged 58, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCusker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellen McCusker, aged 16, who landed in America from Birkenhead, in 1904
  • Francis McCusker, aged 21, who landed in America from Fintona, Ireland, in 1909
  • Alice McCusker, aged 23, who settled in America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1909
  • Agnes McCusker, aged 26, who landed in America from Moneymore, Ireland, in 1912
  • Cassie McCusker, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Fintona, Ireland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCusker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCusker (post 1700)



  • James Brian "Jim" McCusker (b. 1936), former professional American football defensive tackle
  • Michael McCusker, Academy Award-nominated American film editor
  • Aaron McCusker (b. 1978), Northern Irish actor
  • Damien McCusker (b. 1966), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Niall McCusker (b. 1980), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • James Harold McCusker (1940-1990), Northern Ireland Ulster Unionist Party politician
  • Brigadier Emmet Andrew McCusker (1889-1973), Canadian Deputy Director Medical Services I Canadian Corps, Mediterranean - Italy
  • Chris McCusker (b. 1959), Australian songwriter, musician and sound designer
  • Richard "Richie" McCusker (b. 1970), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Emmett Andrew McCusker (1889-1973), Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McCusker Family Crest Products


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    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    7. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    11. ...

    The McCusker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCusker 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.

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