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Where did the Irish McKeogh family come from? When did the McKeogh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKeogh family history?

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

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Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name McKeogh revealed many variations, including 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 McKeogh 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 McKeogh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKeogh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McKeogh or a variant listed above, including:

McKeogh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James McKeogh landed in Philadelphia in 1842

McKeogh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Owen McKeogh, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Margaret McKeogh, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"
  • Sarah McKeogh, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"
  • Patrick McKeogh (aged 23) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • Ellen McKeogh (aged 22), a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly"

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