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Where did the Irish McHugh family come from? What is the Irish McHugh family crest and coat of arms? When did the McHugh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McHugh family history?

The surname McHugh in Ireland have evolved from the Gaelic Mac Aodha, which means son of Aodh or son of Hugh.


People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McHugh that are preserved in archival documents are McHugh, MacHugh, McCue, MacCue, MacKew, McKew and others.

First found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McHugh research. Another 346 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1348, and 1585 are included under the topic Early McHugh History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early McHugh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the McHugh name:

McHugh Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas McHugh, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

McHugh Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew McHugh, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Conrad McHugh, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1827
  • Elisha McHugh, who landed in South Carolina in 1830
  • Mary Z McHugh, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830
  • Patrick McHugh, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837


  • James Thomas McHugh (1932-2000), American Catholic bishop
  • Jimmy McHugh (1894-1969), American composer
  • Frank McHugh (1898-1981), American film and television actor
  • Sergeant Major Thomas J. McHugh (1919-2000), American Marine Corps recipient of the Purple Heart medal
  • Maureen F. McHugh (b. 1959), American science fiction and fantasy writer
  • Michael Hudson McHugh AC, QC (b. 1935), Australian former justice of the High Court of Australia
  • Edward McHugh (1853-1915), English social reformer
  • Paul McHugh (b. 1958), New Zealand academic lawyer
  • John McHugh (1912-2004), British operatic tenor


  • Some Goodmans and McHughs by Matthew Lee McHugh.

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  10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  11. ...

The McHugh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McHugh Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 14 October 2014 at 07:31.

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