Origin of the Name Toohey
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Toohey
include Towey, O'Tuohy, Tuohey, Twohig, O'Towey, Tuohy, Tuffy, Tookey and Tuthill. This name is derived from the Gaelic O'Tuathaigh sept who were originally located at Aughrim in County Galway and later in County Clare. This sept name is taken from the word 'tuathach' meaning 'ruler'.
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.
Although most associated with the Galway region the name is found in the 'Hearth Money Rolls' of County Tipperary in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The variant form of the name Twohig is most associated with County Cork. The variant Tuohy is found in County Roscommon where families of the name settled in the parishes of Moygawnagh and Kilfian.
The Toohey 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 Toohey descendants.