Kehoe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Kehoe family

The surname Kehoe 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 Kehoe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kehoe 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 Kehoe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kehoe Spelling Variations

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Kehoe that are preserved in archival documents are Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.

Early Notables of the Kehoe family (pre 1700)

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United States Kehoe migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Kehoe name:

Kehoe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cornelius Kehoe, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John Kehoe, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Joseph Kehoe, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Judith Kehoe, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Mary Kehoe, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Kehoe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kehoe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Kehoe, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • James Kehoe, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • William Kehoe, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Australia Kehoe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kehoe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Kehoe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849 [2]
  • Miss Betty Kehoe, (b. 1803), aged 48, Irish country servant who was convicted in Wexford, Ireland for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Judith Kehoe, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [4]
  • Mary Kehoe, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Patrick Kehoe, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Kehoe migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kehoe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Kehoe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Martha Kehoe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Rev. Kehoe, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Janet Cowan" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 3rd January 1875 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kehoe (post 1700) +

  • Robert "Bob" Kehoe (1928-2017), American footballer, inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame (1989)
  • Frank Kehoe, American bronze medalist for diving at the 1904 Olympics
  • Nicholas Kehoe (b. 1943), U.S. Air Force lieutenant general, President and CEO of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
  • James Walter Kehoe (1870-1938), American politician U.S. Representative from Florida
  • James "Jim" Kehoe (1918-2010), American university administrator, athletics coach at the University of Maryland
  • James Nicholas Kehoe, American politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky
  • Jack Kehoe (b. 1938), American actor
  • Christine T. Kehoe (b. 1950), American politician in California
  • Alice Beck Kehoe (b. 1934), American anthropologist
  • Timothy Jerome "Tim" Kehoe (b. 1953), American economist and professor
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Denis Kehoe, English Trimmer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [6]


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILIES 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ramillies.htm
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackfriar
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARSHALL BENNETT 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1852.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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