Keogh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Keogh family

The surname Keogh 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.

Important Dates for the Keogh family

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

Keogh Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Keogh are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.

Early Notables of the Keogh family (pre 1700)

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Keogh migration to the United States

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Keogh family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Keogh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Keogh, who arrived in Leeward Islands in 1721 [1]
  • Mathew Keogh, who landed in America in 1795 [1]
  • Mathias Keogh, who arrived in America in 1795 [1]
Keogh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Keogh, aged 38, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • Mary Keogh, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • J Keogh, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Edward Keogh, born in county Wexford, settled at Stone Island in 1816
  • Michael Keogh, who landed in New York in 1830 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keogh migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Keogh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Catherine Keogh, aged 3 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Virginius" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Patrick Keogh, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Patrick Keogh, aged 30 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Saguenay" departing 5th June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 22nd August 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. William Keogh who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Margaret" departing 19th May 1847 from New Ross, Ireland; the ship arrived on 2nd July 1847 but he died on board [3]

Keogh migration to Australia

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

Keogh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Keogh, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Wanderer" [4]
  • Margaret Keogh, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Flora" in 1851 [5]
  • Honora Keogh, aged 23, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Wanderer" in 1851 [4]
  • Michael Keogh, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Wanderer" in 1851 [4]
  • Pat. Keogh, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keogh 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:

Keogh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Keogh, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [7]
  • Mary Keogh, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [7]
  • John Keogh, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [7]
  • Mary Keogh, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [7]
  • Patrick Keogh, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Keogh (post 1700)

  • Eugene James Keogh (1907-1989), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 11th district (1963-1967)
  • Myles Walter Keogh (1840-1876), Irish captain who fought in Italy during the 1860 Papal War and later for the Union side in the American Civil War
  • Martin J. Keogh, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court, 1897-1903, 1910-20 (2nd District 1897-1903, 9th District 1910-20) [8]
  • Kevin Keogh, American Republican politician, Maine Republican State Chair, 1997 [8]
  • Joseph F. Keogh (1932-1996), American politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1964-68; State Court Judge in Louisiana, 1984-96 [8]
  • John Belfort Keogh, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Bradford, 1938 [8]
  • John Keogh, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1916 [8]
  • James Vincent Keogh, American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, 1946-50; Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1951-58 [8]
  • Eugene James Keogh (1907-1989), American Democrat politician, lawyer; Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 20th District, 1936 [8]
  • Edward Keogh, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1862-63 [8]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Keogh family

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Citations

  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 82)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WANDERER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Wanderer.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY FLORA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851LadyFlora.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHATHAM 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/chatham1852.shtml.
  7. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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