McQuigg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name McQuigg originally appeared in Gaelic as O Coigligh, which may be derived from "coigeal," which denotes "unkempt hair."

Early Origins of the McQuigg family

The surname McQuigg 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 McQuigg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McQuigg research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1470, 1461 and 1468 are included under the topic Early McQuigg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McQuigg Spelling Variations

Numerous spelling variations of the surname McQuigg exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include O'Quigley, Quigley, Cogley, Quigly, Quigg, MacQuigg, McQuigge, O'Quigg, Twigg, Fivey and many more.

Early Notables of the McQuigg 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 later Chief...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McQuigg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McQuigg migration to the United States +

Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name McQuigg:

McQuigg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles McQuigg, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McQuigg (post 1700) +

  • Addison McQuigg, American Writers Guild of America Award nominated writer, best known for Bloodline (2015)
  • Michèle McQuigg (1947-2017), American politician, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1998-2008)


  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)


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