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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 Twohy is O Tuathaigh, which is derived from tuathach, which means ruler.

Twohy Early Origins



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.

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Twohy Spelling Variations


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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.

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Twohy Early History


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Twohy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twohy research. Another 230 words (16 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.

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Twohy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Twohy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Twohy 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



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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Plymouth, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Twohy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Twohy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Twohy (post 1700)



  • David Neil Twohy (b. 1955), American film director and screenwriter
  • 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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  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

Other References

  1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  2. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  5. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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The Twohy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Twohy 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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