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

The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Quigley originally appeared in Gaelic as O Coigligh, which may be derived from "coigeal," which denotes "unkempt hair."


In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Quigley family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including O'Quigley, Quigley, Cogley, Quigly, Quigg, MacQuigg, McQuigge, O'Quigg, Twigg, Fivey and many more.

First found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quigley research. Another 274 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Quigley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quigley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Quigleys:

Quigley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Austin Quigley, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • Cane Quigley, who landed in Maryland in 1678
  • Cate Quigley, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • Charles Quigley, who landed in Maryland in 1678
  • Daniel Quigley, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Quigley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Owen Quigley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Quigley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Quigley, who landed in America in 1806
  • Martha Quigley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • T Quigley, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Elizabeth Quigley, aged 21, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • John Quigley, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812


  • Jane Quigley (b. 1939), American original name of Jane Alexander
  • Brett Quigley (b. 1969), American PGA golfer
  • Carroll Quigley (1910-1977), American writer and history professor at Georgetown University
  • Dana Quigley (b. 1947), American PGA golfer
  • Joan M. Quigley (b. 1940), American politician from New Jersey
  • Linnea Quigley (b. 1958), American movie actress
  • Maggie Quigley (b. 1979), American actress
  • Ernie Quigley (1880-1960), Canadian-American sports official
  • Hugh Quigley, Economist, and author of many publications
  • William George Henry Quigley PhD., Permanent Secretary, Department of Manpower Services, Northern Ireland



  • The Union of our Quigley and Munro Families by Eleanor Freeburn.

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  11. ...

The Quigley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quigley 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.

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