Hughie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Hughie family

The surname Hughie was 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.

Early History of the Hughie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hughie research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1534, 1653, 1725, 1798, 1828, 1893, 1534, 1653, 1725 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Hughie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hughie Spelling Variations

Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Hughie family name include Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.

Early Notables of the Hughie family (pre 1700)

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Canada Hughie migration to Canada +

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Hughie name:

Hughie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Lydia Hughie, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834

Contemporary Notables of the name Hughie (post 1700) +

  • Hughie Jones (1927-2016), English Church of England priest, Archdeacon of Loughborough (1986-1992)
  • Hughie Callan (1881-1917), Australian rules footballer
  • Hughie McAuley (b. 1953), English football coach
  • Wing Commander Hughie Idwal Edwards (1914-1984), Australian aviator awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII [1]
  • Hughie Culbertson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1936 [2]

  1. ^ World War 2 - EDWARDS, Hughie. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Hughie Edwards. Retrieved from
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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