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 Hi, 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!



 The 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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