Show ContentsMcKeogh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McKeogh family

The surname McKeogh 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 McKeogh family

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McKeogh Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period because the general population had to rely on local official's understanding of how their name should be spelt, hence spellings in records often changed through a person's lifetime. The following variations for the name McKeogh were encountered in the archives: Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.

Early Notables of the McKeogh family (pre 1700)

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United States McKeogh migration to the United States +

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name McKeogh to North America:

McKeogh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James McKeogh, who landed in Philadelphia in 1842

Australia McKeogh migration to Australia +

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

McKeogh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Owen McKeogh, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [1]
  • Margaret McKeogh, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [2]
  • Sarah McKeogh, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [2]
  • Patrick McKeogh (aged 23) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [3]
  • Ellen McKeogh (aged 22), a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McKeogh (post 1700) +

  • John McKeogh, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1864 [4]

  1. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved
  2. South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved
  3. South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1856. Retrieved
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook