Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland
. The original Gaelic form of the name Osgar 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 Osgar family
The surname Osgar was first found in County Fermanagh
(Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland
, Province of Ulster.
Early History of the Osgar family
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Osgar Spelling Variations
A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations
during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Osgar include MacCosker, MacCusker, MacOsker, MacOscar and many more.
Early Notables of the Osgar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Osgar family to the New World and Oceana
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Osgar: Edward, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas MacCosker all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Anthony, Bernard, Edward, Hugh, James, John, Mathew, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Terrence and Thomas MacCusker all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.