Caughill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Caughill was Mac Cathail or O Cathail, while is derived from the personal name Cathal, which is generally Anglicized as Charles. Caughill is derived from the Old Irish "catu-ualos" which means "valor or powerful in battle".

Early Origins of the Caughill family

The surname Caughill was first found in County Kerry and Tipperary as there are at least two distinct septs of the name. The first sept from County Kerry descend from the Heremon line of kings and were known as the Cahills of Connaught. The second sept claim descent from the Ir line of kings and were located at Corkashinny, or the parish of Templemore, Tipperary. This line further branched to the eponymous Ballycahill, Tipperary. Both branches descended from O'Connors, the Kings of Connacht, specifically "Cathal," also known as Conor na Luinge Luaithe, when anglicized means "Conor, the Swifter-Sailing Ship" [1] which may elude to the seafaring coat of arms used by the family.

Important Dates for the Caughill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caughill research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1654, 1796 and 1864 are included under the topic Early Caughill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Caughill Spelling Variations

The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of this period in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Caughill dating from that time include Cahill, O'Cahill, Kahill, Cawhill, Cahille, Cahil, Cahaly, Cahell, Cahel, Caughell, Kahil, Kahel, Caill, Cail and many more.

Early Notables of the Caughill family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family name at this time was Flan O'Cahill, martyred in 938; Daniel O'Cahill, brother of Bogh O'Cahill, chief of the Clan, forfeited under the...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caughill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Caughill migration to Canada

The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Caughill:

Caughill Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. George Caughill U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. George Frederick Caughill U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. George Reuben Caughill U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Caughill (post 1700)

  • Michael Caughill, American writer, known for Winter of Frozen Dreams (2009)

Citations

  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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