This interesting surname is of Irish origin and is the Anglicization of the Gaelic "O' Taidgh", meaning descendant of Tadhg, the "O" denoting "son of". Tadhg, is a byname meaning bard, poet, or philo sopher. There are many variant forms of this name including Tighe, Tague, Teague, T(e)igue, Teige, Taige, Teage and Teek and the name also occurs in Scotland, for example, for example in the recording of the marriage of Elizabeth Taig and Adam Colguhoun on October 5th 1850 at Govan Lanarkshire and in the from Taige (see below). Tighe is a noble name, the family is said to be descended from either Tadhg O' Connor (circa 973), King of Connacht, or the son of Cathair Mor, (circa 119), King of Ireland. It is possible that the name was introduced into Britain after the treaty of Windsor in 1175. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Taige, which was dated August 24th 1634, Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, during the reign of King Charles 1, "The Martyr", 1625 - 1649. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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