Tigue History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Tigue family

The surname Tigue 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 Tigue family

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

Tigue 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 Tigue 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 Tigue family (pre 1700)

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


United States Tigue migration to the United States +

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 Tigue:

Tigue Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Kate Tigue, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States from Cork, in 1892
  • Rose Tigue, aged 21, who landed in America from Belmullet, in 1899
Tigue Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Tigue, aged 19, who immigrated to America from Carrigallen, Ireland, in 1913
  • Raymond Tigue, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Katie Agnes Tigue, aged 19, who settled in America from Bellyhaunis, Ireland, in 1922
  • Walter Tigue, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Tigue (post 1700) +

  • Thomas M. Tigue (1945-2016), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1981-2006)


The Tigue 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.


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