A Letter from Ireland:

The Irish Surname Teague (or MacTeige)


Teague comes from the Irish Mac Taidgh (pronounced “mac-tie-g”). This literally translates as “son of Tadhg”. This Irish name also translates into the surname “MacTeige” and “MacTigue”. Its an example of a name belonging to no one specific sept – but comes from the fact that Tadgh was a common surname in ancient Ireland – it sprang up in a number of areas when the surname system came into place after the 11th century. The name can be found chiefly in the northwest in counties Donegal and Mayo.

If you would like to add what you know about the Teague surname, tell the story of your Teague family OR ask a question – please do so below in the comments section.

Remember – at Your Irish Heritage we consider an “Irish Surname” to be one that belongs in your family. It may belong to an ancestor who lived in Ireland at one stage. We consider old Gaelic, Viking, Norman and planter names to be all Irish – if they fit this criteria.

  • Jay Teague says:

    I’m going to figure out who my Irish ancestors were.

  • carina says:

    Best of luck and do check out johngrenham.com to get started in your search.

  • Jennifer says:

    Could the name Theetge have come from this? According to ancestry dna, I am 88% british.

  • Margaret says:

    My grandmother was Annie Tague. The Tague family had the names Mary,Margaret,Catherine,Brigid, Helen and Michael, Thomas,James,Hugh etc. my Irish roots are inLeitrim,Roscommon and Sligo. Two other surnames are Savage and Gilmartin.

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