Show ContentsCogley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Cogley originally appeared in Gaelic as O Coigligh, which may be derived from "coigeal," which denotes "unkempt hair."

Early Origins of the Cogley family

The surname Cogley was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Cogley family

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Cogley Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Cogley revealed spelling variations, including O'Quigley, Quigley, Cogley, Quigly, Quigg, MacQuigg, McQuigge, O'Quigg, Twigg, Fivey and many more.

Early Notables of the Cogley family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family name at this time was Patrick Cogley (died after 1470), an Irish Crown official, landowner and judge who was listed in 1461 as Master of the Rolls in Ireland and later Chief...
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United States Cogley migration to the United States +

Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Cogley:

Cogley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Daniell Cogley, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]
Cogley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Cogley, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Daniel Cogley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Patrick Cogley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cogley (post 1700) +

  • Nick Cogley (1869-1936), American silent film actor, director and writer who appeared in over 170 films between 1909 and 1934
  • John Cogley, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1954 [2]
  • Donald Cogley Bruce (1921-1969), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 11th District, 1961-65; Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1964 [3]

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from on Facebook