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

The original Gaelic form of Teague was Mac Taidh or O Taidhg.

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A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Teague include MacTeige, McTeige, MacTigue, McTigue, MacCaig, MacCaige, McCaig, McCaige, MacKaig, McKaig, MacKeague, McKeague, McKeage, MacTague and many more.

First found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Teague research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1583, 1772, and 1810 are included under the topic Early Teague History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Teague Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Teague to North America:

Teague Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Dennis Teague, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Flanny Teague, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Geo Teague, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Jno Teague, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Gabriel Teague, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Teague Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • James Teague, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Eliza Teague, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712

Teague Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Martin Teague, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860

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  • Walter Dorwin Teague (1883-1960), American designer
  • Brad Teague (b. 1947), American NASCAR Busch Series driver
  • David C. Teague (b. 1963), American writer, cartoonist, filmmaker and comedian
  • Lewis Teague (b. 1938), American film director
  • Senator Baden Chapman Teague (b. 1944), Liberal Senator for South Australia (1977-1996)
  • David Teague (b. 1981), Australian rules football player and coach
  • Michael Clive Teague (b. 1960), English former rugby union footballer


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  • History and Genealogy on Teague Pioneers of Christian County, Kentucky by Agnes Teague.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Summum nec metuam diem nec optem
Motto Translation: May I neither dread nor desire the last day.

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  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Teague Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Teague 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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