Origins Available: Irish
The original Gaelic form of the Gaugh surname is Mag Eochagain, a patronymic
derived from the personal name
Early Origins of the Gaugh family
The surname Gaugh was first found in the county of Westmeath
(Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster
, in the barony of Moycashel at Kilbeggan where they held a family seat
from ancient times. Traditionally, the Gaughs are said to descend from Fiacha, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
Early History of the Gaugh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaugh research.Another 465 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1186, 1291, 1580, 1600, 1603, 1650, 1689, 1702, 1763, and 1800 are included under the topic Early Gaugh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gaugh Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland
was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations
of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name Gaugh revealed many variations, including Geoghegan, Gagahan, Gahagan, Gahaghan, Gaghan, Gegan, MacGeoghegan, Geohan and many more.
Early Notables of the Gaugh family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Conal MacGeoghegan (circa 1580-1650) Chief of the sept MacGeoghegan, historian who translated the Annals of Clonmacnoise; James MacGeoghegan (1702-1763) of Westmeath... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaugh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gaugh family to the New World and Oceana
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 Gaugh: Michael Geoghegan, a Scotch-Irish who arrived in Boston in 1737; Edward Geoghegan, who came to Philadelphia in 1741; John McGeogh, who arrived in America in 1742.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gaugh (post 1700)
- James H. Gaugh, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html