Tighe Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Tighe Family History

If you are conducting some Tighe family history research then you can view the Tighe coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Tighe surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


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The ancient origin of the name Tighe was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Tighe include Teague, O'Tighe, McTague, Teage and McTeague. This name in Irish is MacTaidhg and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Mayo.

A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.

The name was first formed from a Christian name and occurs chiefly in the Western counties. They belonged to four distinct septs, one of these being in Ulster and were erenaghs of Termonkenny, County Down. Another sept was found in Wicklow but was then taken over by the O'Tooles. The third sept was located in Connacht, their chief in 1228 was chief of the household of the King of Connacht. The last sept was of Thomond and from this came Tadhg O'Taidhg, Bishop of Killaloe who died in the year 1083.The Tighe family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Tighe descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Tighe Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
Embattled Line Represents the Walls of a Fortress or Town
Crosses Often representing Faith or Christian beliefs, possibly relating to the Crusades
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