Tighe, ó Taidgh, Mac Taidhg A Gaelic surname derived from Tadhg meaning ‘poet, philosopher’. A sept who were of the same stock as the O’Connors and who were chiefs of their household. A sept of Leinster who were anciently chiefs of Ui Mail, now Imail in Wicklow. A sept of Ulster who were chiefs of Fir Li in Derry, A sept of Thomond. A ‘Mac’ sept were anciently chiefs of Muinntear Siorthachain in Westmeath. According to Woulfe Mac Ceanglaigh a rare surname in Meath and Cavan is translated as Kangley and Tighe. In 1890 Tighe was principally found in Mayo, and the estimated number of bearers was 1,480.