(Mac)Keogh, Kehoe, MacEochadha, Mac Eochaidh, A Gaelic surname meaning son of Eochaidh meaning perhaps ‘horse rider or fighter on horseback’. Mac Eothach son of Eochaidh is a variant. A sept of Leinster who were hereditary bards to the O’Byrnes. A sept who were chiefs of Moyfinn in the barony of Athlone, Roscommon, they were a branch of the O’Kellys of Uí Maine. A sept who were anciently chiefs of Moylurg, now the barony of Boyle in Roscommon, they were dispossessed by the MacDermotts. A sept who were anciently chiefs of Owney in Tipperary, they were dispossessed by the O’Mulryans. In 1890 Kehoe was principally found in Wexford and the estimated number of bearers was 2,284; Keogh was principally found in Dublin and the estimated number of bearers was 4,300.
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