Tighe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Tighe family

The surname Tighe was 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.

Early History of the Tighe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tighe research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1583, 1493, 1589, 1772 and 1810 are included under the topic Early Tighe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

Early Notables of the Tighe family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tighe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tighe migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Tighe family came to North America quite early:

Tighe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Tighe, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Richard Tighe, who landed in New York, NY in 1839 [1]
  • Charles, Daniel, Edward, James, John, Michael, and Patrick Tighe, who arrived in Philadelphia from Ireland between 1829 and 1866
  • Patrick Tighe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [1]
  • Bridget Tighe, aged 20, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Tighe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agnes Tighe, aged 19, who landed in America from Ballycastle, Ireland, in 1909
  • Barbara Tighe, aged 25, who settled in America from Belmullet, Ireland, in 1913
  • Annie Tighe, aged 25, who landed in America from Rossport, Ireland, in 1915
  • Alexander Tighe, aged 1, who landed in America from London, England, in 1915
  • Bridget Tighe, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Burnley, England, in 1916
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Tighe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tighe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Tighe, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Mrs. Nancy Tighe, aged 60 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Munn" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Tighe, aged 45 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Sarah" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]

New Zealand Tighe migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tighe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • T. J. Tighe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Mr. Henry Tighe, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand on 4th November 1877 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tighe (post 1700) +

  • Tommy Tighe, American sports radio broadcaster
  • Michael Tighe, American musician and actor
  • Kevin Tighe (b. 1944), born Jon Kevin Fishburn, American actor
  • Jack Tighe (1913-2002), American Major League Baseball manager
  • Lieutenant General Eugene F. Tighe (1921-1994), American Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Ambrose Tighe (1859-1928), American lawyer, politician, academic and co-founder of William Mitchell College of Law
  • James G. Tighe, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1877, 1882 [4]
  • Christine M. Tighe, American politician, Representative from New York, 1998, 2000, 2002 [4]
  • Charles Tighe, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1952 [4]
  • Charles Tighe, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1928 [4]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Tighe Motto +

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.


  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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 58)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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