[ANSTHRLD] name help: O'Quigg/Ó Cuaig (was: AG Feb/Mar '08)
Coblaith at sbcglobal.net
Fri Aug 29 14:53:02 PDT 2008
Kevin asked about the return of the name "Fiontan Ó Cuaig", and later
> . . . [I] could use whatever advice you have on THIS issue. Fiontan
> used to go by Finton O'Quigg, so I am fairly certain the SOUND of the
> name is what's important to him.
> Anyone feel like suggesting an alternative, or better sources?
Would the sound in question be something like "oh-KWIG", or perhaps
You didn't mention to what period your client wishes his name to be
documented, so I'm not sure which resources would be relevant.
The given name "Corcc" listed in "The 100 Most Popular Names in Early
<http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/tangwystyl/irish100/>) could yield the
clan affiliation byname "Ó Cuircc". The sound is pretty close. The
same article has "Cúán", which could yield "Ó Cúáin".
"16th & 17th Century Anglicized Irish Surnames from Woulfe"
SortedByGaelicSpelling_O2.shtml> lists "O Coughane", "O Cowghane", and
"O Quoghane", as well as "O Cuayn" and "O Quane".
By the way, there's a bit of research on various forms of "McCuaig" at
<http://web.syr.edu/~rcranger/cuaignm.htm>. It includes the statement,
"George Black suggests that it is from MacDubhaig (pronounced
mac-DOO-ig), meaning 'the son of Blackie.'" (I assume the reference is
to Black's _The Book of Islay_, which is mentioned earlier in the
text.) If the client is, in fact, more interested in using an
antecedent of "O'Quigg" (which "Ó Cuaig" apparently is
<http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Quigg-name-meaning.ashx>) than in the
sound, you might research "Dubh"-based bynames for him. There are
quite a few in various articles in the Medieval Names Archive guide to
Irish names <http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/irish.shtml>.
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