Origin of the Name Tighe
The origin of the name Tighe
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of 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. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
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 coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Tighe descendants.