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Where did the Irish McTigue family come from? What is the Irish McTigue family crest and coat of arms? When did the McTigue family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McTigue family history?

The original Gaelic form of McTigue was Mac Taidh or O Taidhg.

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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. The following variations for the name McTigue were encountered in the archives: MacTeige, McTeige, MacTigue, McTigue, MacCaig, MacCaige, McCaig, McCaige, MacKaig, McKaig, MacKeague, McKeague, McKeage, MacTague and many more.

First found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McTigue research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1583, 1772, and 1810 are included under the topic Early McTigue History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McTigue Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McTigue:

McTigue Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James, John, Michael and William McTigue arrived in Philadelphia between 1848 and 1860
  • Stephen McTigue, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1861

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  • Maurice Patrick McTigue QSO (b. 1940), New Zealand politician of the National Party


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Summum nec metuam diem nec optem
Motto Translation: May I neither dread nor desire the last day.

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  10. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
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The McTigue Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McTigue Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 28 November 2014 at 13:06.

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