The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Twigly originally appeared in Gaelic as O Coigligh, which may be derived from "coigeal," which denotes "unkempt hair."
Early Origins of the Twigly family
The surname Twigly was first found in County Mayo
(Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Twigly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twigly research.Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1470, 1461 and 1468 are included under the topic Early Twigly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Twigly Spelling Variations
The search for the origins of the name Twigly family name revealed numerous spelling variations
. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include O'Quigley, Quigley, Cogley, Quigly, Quigg, MacQuigg, McQuigge, O'Quigg, Twigg, Fivey and many more.
Early Notables of the Twigly family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Patrick Cogley (died after 1470), an Irish Crown official, landowner and judge who was listed in 1461 as Master of the Rolls in Ireland
and later Chief... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twigly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Twigly family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Twigly or a variant listed above: Andrew, Hugh, James, John, Joseph, Neil, Thomas and William Quigg all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870; Andrew, Charles, Daniel, Edward, Francis, George, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Quigley all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870.