The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name MacQuigg originally appeared in Gaelic as O Coigligh, which may be derived from "coigeal," which denotes "unkempt hair."
Early Origins of the MacQuigg family
The surname MacQuigg 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 MacQuigg family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacQuigg research.Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1470, 1461 and 1468 are included under the topic Early MacQuigg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacQuigg Spelling Variations
Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname MacQuigg that are preserved in documents of the family history are O'Quigley, Quigley, Cogley, Quigly, Quigg, MacQuigg, McQuigge, O'Quigg, Twigg, Fivey and many more.
Early Notables of the MacQuigg 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... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacQuigg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacQuigg family to the New World and Oceana
The English-ruled Ireland
of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name MacQuigg: Andrew, Hugh, James, John, Joseph, Neil, Thomas and William Quigg all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870; Andrew, Charles, Daniel, Edward, Francis, George, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Quigley all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870.