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

The surname Keough originally appeared in Gaelic as "O hEochaidh" or "Mac Eochaidh," derived from an Irish personal name "Eachaidh," meaning a "horseman."

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Many spelling variations of the surname Keough can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.

First found in Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times at Ballymackeogh, and were descended from the MacKeoghs who in turn were descended from their eponymous ancestor Eochaidh O'Kelly one of the ancient Kings of Ui Maine.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keough research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1653, 1725, 1798, 1828, 1893, 1534, 1653, 1725 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Keough History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Keough family came to North America quite early:

Keough Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Edward Keough, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Michael Keough, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Dennis Keough, aged 33, landed in Missouri in 1845
  • Lewis Keough, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
  • William Keough, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1893

Keough Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Yawight Keough, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • James Keough, aged 35, who arrived in America from Dublin, in 1904
  • John Keough, aged 33, who arrived in America from Limerick, in 1904
  • Francis J. Keough, aged 58, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1906
  • Thomas Keough, aged 27, who arrived in America from Ballingarry, Ireland, in 1906


Keough Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • John Keough, aged 23, who arrived in St. Johns, Newfoundland, in 1911
  • Mary Keough, aged 26, who arrived in St. Johns, Newfoundland, in 1913
  • William Keough, aged 18, who arrived in Carbonear, Newfoundland, in 1922
  • Andrew Keough, aged 36, who arrived in America from Bonavista, Newfoundland, in 1923
  • Bernard Keough, aged 34, who arrived in America from Bonavista, Newfoundland, in 1923


Keough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Michael Keough, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett"
  • Henry Keough, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad"
  • Mary Keough, aged 27, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • James Keough, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"
  • Edmond Keough, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian"


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  • Danielle Riley Keough (b. 1989), American model, oldest grandchild of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley
  • Harry Joseph Keough (b. 1927), American former soccer defender
  • Danny Keough (b. 1964), American musician and actor
  • Francis Patrick Keough, American prelate, the fourth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence (1934-1947) Archbishop of Baltimore (1947-1961)
  • Donald R. Keough (b. 1927), American Chairman of the Board of Allen & Company Incorporated
  • Matthew Lon Keough (b. 1955), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1977 through 1986
  • Richard Martin "Marty" Keough (b. 1934), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1956 through 1966
  • Luke Keough (b. 1991), American cyclist, member of the team UnitedHealthcare
  • Shawn A. Keough (b. 1959), American politician, Member of the Idaho Senate (1996-)
  • John Keough (b. 1835), Irish-born, American Union Army officer in the American Civil War who was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing the battle flag of the Confederate States Army's 50th Georgia Infantry

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