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The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name Towey is O Tuathaigh, which is derived from tuathach, which means ruler.

Towey Early Origins



The surname Towey 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 as a clann, and their chief was known as O'Tuathaigh (meaning ruler). They were amongst the many tribes of western Ireland, septs of the Hy Niall who were descended from King Niall of the Nine Hostages. King Niall was perhaps the most famous of all Irish Kings being responsible for harassing the Roman departure from England at the foot of the Alps.

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Towey Spelling Variations


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Towey Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Towey that are preserved in archival documents are Tuohy, Tuohey, Touhy, Touhey, Tooey, Tooy, Towey, Towy, Twoey, Twoy, Twohig, Toohey, Toohy,O'Tuohy, O'Tuohey, O'Touhy, O'Touhey, O'Tooey, O'Tooy, O'Towey, O'Towy, O'Twoey, O'Twoy, O'Twohig, O'Toohey and many more.

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Towey Early History


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Towey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Towey research. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1593 is included under the topic Early Towey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Towey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Towey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Towey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Ameri ca. 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 Towey:

Towey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward and John Towey who landed in Pennsylvania in 1868 and 1878 respectively
  • Andrew Towey, aged 19, who landed in America from Westmeath, in 1893

Towey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eddie Towey, aged 12, who landed in America from Ballaghadem, Ireland, in 1908
  • Bridget Towey, aged 21, who settled in America from Kilkelly, Ireland, in 1912
  • Catherin Towey, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Carracastle, Ireland, in 1920
  • Agnes Towey, aged 33, who landed in America from Radcliffe, England, in 1920
  • Bea Towey, aged 18, who landed in America from Crenane, Ireland, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Towey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Towey (post 1700)



  • John Madden Towey (b. 1940), American actor
  • Frank William Towey Jr. (1895-1979), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1937-1939)
  • Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (2002 to 2006)
  • Gearoid Towey (b. 1977), Irish gold and three-time bronze medalist rower

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Towey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Towey 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 21 August 2014 at 04:24.

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