While the Anglicized versions of Irish names are familiar to most people, many Irish names have a long and proud Gaelic heritage that is often unknown. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Costafan is Mac Oistigin which is probably derived from the pet form of the English name Roger, which is Hodgkin.
Early Origins of the O'Costafan family
The surname O'Costafan was first found in Leix
(Irish: Laois) formerly known as Queen's County, located in central Ireland
, in Leinster
Province, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the O'Costafan family
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O'Costafan Spelling Variations
Numerous spelling variations
of the surname O'Costafan exist. A partial explanation for these variants 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. Different spellings that were found include Costigan, Costigen, Costigin, McCostigan and others.
Early Notables of the O'Costafan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Costafan family to the New World and Oceana
Many destitute Irish families
in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of O'Costafan were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists: Michael, James, Joseph, Lawrence, Patt, Thomas (three of this name), and William Costigan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1850 and 1870.