The ancestors of the Tighan surname in Ireland
are thought to have arrived with or in the wake of the 12th century Anglo/ Norman invasion
of the Emerald Isle, led by Strongbow
. The surname Tighan is ultimately derived from the personal names Timothy or Thomas. The Gaelic form of the surname Tighan is Mac Toimin.
Early Origins of the Tighan family
The surname Tighan was first found in counties Wicklow
and Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster
in the South East of Ireland
, from 1172. Timon of Athens ( fl.
431 BC) was a citizen of Athens whose misanthropy grew to legendary status. He was the inspiration for Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (The Life of Tymon of Athens), one of his first tragedies.
Early History of the Tighan family
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Tighan Spelling Variations
During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations
for the name: Timmons, Timmins, O'Timmon, O'Timmons, Tymon, McToimin and many more.
Early Notables of the Tighan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tighan family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland's Great Potato Famine
left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Tighan: Margaret Timmins from St. Mullins in Carlow who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1819; Lawrence Timmons settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1822.