what does our surname mean and where does it come from ?
Well what does it mean is not know yet but we are related to the
various forms of our name, Cosgriff ,Cosgrove, Cosgrave and
so on. We all come from Southern Ireland around the Cork district
and were probably peat farmers. As we all know our history,
the Irish had many plagues and famines. During the potatoes plague
we all split up, some going to the USA, England and Australia
So what is with the various forms of our surname? Well I have some
ideas on this, one idea is that we were part of a clan and
depending were in the area you came from was the way
you spelt your name (think of Mc surnames in Scotland)
The other idea is that when we started to go to our various countries
we could not read or write (true to this day ) therefore the
way our names were recorded were spelt by the person doing
the records hence the variations of our name. We have all
told someone our name and they have spelt it wrong!
research was done by myself Richard James Cosgrif for a birthday
present for my dad Peter Leonard Cosgrif. Which seemed a good
idea at the time but turned into a massive and never ending
present. Which started in 1998.
Virtually all the information has been gathered from the Internet
.Ever tried typing the Cosgrif name into a search engine like
google? One problem I have faced is as discussed earlier that
the spelling of the name is down to who enters it thus many
dead ends. Were I thought I had found another Cosgrif only to find
out on making contact with these people they were Cosgriff
or a Cosgrove.
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