Twohy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Twohy family

The surname Twohy 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.

Early History of the Twohy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twohy research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1593 is included under the topic Early Twohy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Twohy Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Twohy family name revealed numerous 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.

Early Notables of the Twohy family (pre 1700)

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United States Twohy migration to the United States +

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Twohy or a variant listed above, including:

Twohy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Twohy, aged 17, who landed in America from Cork, in 1892
  • Jeremiah Twohy, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1892
Twohy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Katie Twohy, aged 22, who landed in America from Ballaghallern, Ireland, in 1907
  • Mary Twohy, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Woodford, Ireland, in 1908
  • James Twohy, aged 52, who landed in America from Knockaney, Ireland, in 1909
  • Catherine Twohy, aged 21, who landed in America from Cahir, Ireland, in 1911
  • Ethel Cordealia Twohy, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Plymouth, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Twohy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Twohy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Twohy U.E. who settled in Augusta, Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York, he died prior to 1808 [1]

New Zealand Twohy 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:

Twohy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry D. Twohy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1860
  • John Twohy, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Twohy (post 1700) +

  • David Neil Twohy (b. 1955), American Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay winning film director and screenwriter, known for his work as the writer of The Fugitive and directing The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick
  • Ken Twohy (b. 1970), American film director, screenwriter and film producer
  • W. H. Twohy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Waukesha County 1st District, 1902 [2]

  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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