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

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


The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Tuohy revealed spelling variations, including 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.

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.


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


More information is included under the topic Early Tuohy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Tuohy to North America:

Tuohy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Tuohy, who landed in America in 1807

Tuohy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Tuohy, aged 21, Irish convict from Limerick, who was transported aboard the "Arabian" in November 22nd, 1846, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Michael Tuohy, aged 38, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella"
  • Denis Tuohy, aged 40, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Patrick Tuohy, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • John Tuohy, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Tuohy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Martin Tuohy, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Ann Tuohy, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • James Tuohy, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Mary Tuohy, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • John Tuohy, aged 39, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lauderdale" in 1874


  • Sean Tuohy (b. 1960), American retired basketball player, current sportscaster and businessman
  • Leigh Anne Tuohy (b. 1960), American interior decorator and businesswoman featured in Michael Lewis's 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
  • William "Bill" Tuohy (1926-2009), American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author
  • Dan Tuohy (b. 1985), Irish international rugby player
  • Denis Tuohy (b. 1937), Irish television broadcaster, actor, newsreader, and journalist
  • Liam Tuohy (b. 1933), Irish footballer and manager
  • Patrick Tuohy (1894-1930), Irish portrait painter
  • Thomas "Tom" Tuohy CBE (1917-2008), English general manager who put out the fire in Britain's worst nuclear accident


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The Tuohy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tuohy 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.

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