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

The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name Tuohey is O Tuathaigh, which is derived from tuathach, which means ruler.


Many spelling variations of the surname Tuohey 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 Tuohy, Tuohey, Touhy, Touhey, Tooey, Tooy, Towey, Towy, Twoey, Twoy, Twohig, Toohey, Toohy,O'Tuohy, O'Tuohey, O'Touhy, O'Touhey, O'Tooey, O'Tooy, O'Towey, O'Towy, O'Twoey, O'Twoy, O'Twohig, O'Toohey 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 as a clann, and their chief was known as O'Tuathaigh (meaning ruler). They were amongst the many tribes of western Ireland, septs of the Hy Niall who were descended from King Niall of the Nine Hostages. King Niall was perhaps the most famous of all Irish Kings being responsible for harassing the Roman departure from England at the foot of the Alps.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tuohey research. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1593 is included under the topic Early Tuohey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tuohey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Tuohey, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Mary Tuohey, aged 20, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"


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