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

Early Origins of the McQuigge family


The surname McQuigge 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.

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Early History of the McQuigge family

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Early History of the McQuigge family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McQuigge research.
Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1470, 1461 and 1468 are included under the topic Early McQuigge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McQuigge Spelling Variations

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McQuigge Spelling Variations


Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname McQuigge are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include O'Quigley, Quigley, Cogley, Quigly, Quigg, MacQuigg, McQuigge, O'Quigg, Twigg, Fivey and many more.

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Early Notables of the McQuigge family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the McQuigge 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 McQuigge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the McQuigge family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the McQuigge family to the New World and Oceana


Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many McQuigges: 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name McQuigge (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McQuigge (post 1700)


  • Michelle McQuigge, Canadian journalist for The Canadian Press
  • Murray McQuigge, Canadian Medical Officer of Health during the Walkerton E. coli outbreak in May 2000

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