Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland
. The original Gaelic form of the name Oscar is Mag Uidhir, which is derived from the word odhar, meaning dun-colored; in the genitive case, the word is uidhir.
Early Origins of the Oscar family
The surname Oscar was first found in County Fermanagh
(Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland
, Province of Ulster.
Early History of the Oscar family
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Oscar Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations
. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Oscar revealed many variations, including MacCosker, MacCusker, MacOsker, MacOscar and many more.
Early Notables of the Oscar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oscar family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence
began, many Irish settlers took the side of England
, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America and Australia
. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Oscar or a variant listed above, including:
Oscar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- B Oscar, who arrived in Mississippi in 1896 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Oscar (post 1700)
- Brad Oscar (b. 1964), American musical theatre actor
- Peter Oscar (b. 1981), Swiss figure skater
- Baumann Oscar (1864-1899), Austrian cartographer
- Henry Oscar (1891-1969), English stage and film actor
- Julio Oscar Mechoso (1955-2017), Cuban American actor
- William Oscar Mulkey (1871-1943), American Democrat politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1911; U.S. Representative from Alabama 3rd District, 1914-15 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Charles Oscar Finley (1918-1996), nicknamed Charlie O or Charley O, an American businessman and former owner of the Oakland Athletics
- Calvin Oscar Hultman (1941-2017), American politician, Member of the Iowa State Senate (1973-1991)
- Roberto Oscar Ferreiro (1935-2017), Argentine professional football player and manager
- Stanley Oscar Silverstein (1924-2016), Lithuania-born American entrepreneur