Family History Notebook

Keogh links

There are many sites relating much the same information about the origin of the Keogh name and the earlier history of the Keoghs.

Keogh, and its variant Kehoe, are the anglicisations of the Irish Mac Eochaidh, from eoch, meaning ‘horse’. It arose as a surname in three distinct areas. The first was in south Roscommon, around Moyfinn in the barony of Athlone, which used to be known as ‘Keogh’s country’. This family was part of the Ui Mhaine tribal grouping. The second was in west Tipperary, near Limerick city; the placename Ballymackeogh marks the centre of their territory. The third and most important, both numerically and historically, was in Leinster, where the original homeland was in north Kildare, whence they migrated first to Wicklow and then south to Wexford. It is in Wexford that the name has been most commonly anglicised Kehoe. The surname is now most frequent in Leinster, though it has become widespread throughout Ireland.

Map of parishes in County Sligo (cached)

Kilmacallane - Entry from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary 1837 (cached)

Keoghville - seat of the Keoghs of Roscommon (cached)

Mary O'Brien, daughter of Cornelius O'Brien, married Cornelius Keogh, great-grandson of John Keogh. The following links provide information on Cornelius O'Brien.

A well known Keogh in the USA is Myles Keogh, killed in 'Custer's last stand'. He is not known to be related to John Keogh but the link is included for interest.
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Griffith's valuation of Ireland was a survey carried out between 1847 to 1865 to assess liability for poor rates. For more information see and "Is There More in Griffith's Valuation Than Just Names?" (cached)

For access to the source data see Griffith's Valuation

Dates for Griffith's Valuation