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!