We have only recently started researching the Sugrue side of
the family, so at present
there isn't very much data. We do have some information on the
early Ireland, but have yet to establish the links to present day.
History of the
History of the Sugrue Name
Sugrue Coat of Arms
Sugrue Surname List
Sugrue is the anglicized form of the Gaelic OSiochfhradha. The
signifies "descendant of" and "Siochfhradha" is derived from the Norse
personal name Sigefrith. It is thought that the surname originated
County Kerry and seems to have been almost entirely confined at one
to that region of Ireland. In 1659, it appears under the form
as one of the more numerous names in Kerry. Griffith's Valuation,
comprehensive listing of those who rented land/property throughout Ireland
in the 1850s, records a total of 222 Sugrue entries, of which 210 were
Kerry. Even within County Kerry, the name is concentrated in the
Iveragh, the penninsula more famously known as the "Ring of Kerry",
Cahirciveen is the major town. The 1911 census records some 800
with the Sugrue surname in County Kerry, and the 1890 registration returns
show that 22 out of 23 Sugrue births were in that county, and one in
adjacent County Cork. The 17th and 18th century writers on the
the O'Sughrues a similar location and describe them as a branch
O'Sullivans, who used the forename Sigfrid from very early times. The
principle seats were Fermoyle and the Castle of Dunloe, which passed
the hands of the O'Mahoneys in the 16th century. Being small in
Sugrue family grouping did not play a significant role in the various
between Gaelic Ireland and the encroachment of English administration.
most distinquished member of this sept was the Most Reverend Dr. Charles
Sugrue, Bishop of Kerry from 1797 to 1824. His name is spelled
in the Manuscripts of the Wardenship of Galway, where he was Apostolic
Visitor in 1816-17. One of the best known of the protaganists
of the modern
Gaelic revival is a Sugrue, Padraig OSiochfhradha, though he is better
the pseudonym "An Seabhac". Other variations of Sugrue are Shugrue
Information gathered from Sugrue Clan Website (currently out of service)
and www.local.ie Local Ireland: Sugrue Surname History by Francis
Mortogh, "the Sugrue", of Dunloe Castle, married Sheela, daughter of
the Marquis of Thomond, during the latter part of the 13th century.
at least one son, Charles.
Charles married a daughter of MacCarthy Mor, of Pallis Castle. They
five daughters and four sons, Charles II, Mortogh, Timothy and John.
Charles II married a daughter of the O'Sullivan Beare. They had
at least one
Mortogh married his cousin, a daughter of MacCarthy Mor. They
had at least
one son, Charles.
Charles married Honoria O'Connell. They had two sons, Mortogh and Timothy.
1. Mortogh: On the death of his father, Charles, Mortogh's mother Honoria
married the family tutor, who was named Mahoney, a Protestant, and a
native of County Cork. Mortogh was found murdered on the grounds
Dunloe Castle, and Mahoney, who was credited with the murder, seized
the Dunloe property and claimed it as his. Timothy, Mortogh's
brother, came to an agreement with Mahoney, and kept 36 farms for his
share, Mahoney acquiring the remainder of the estate, which included
the Dunloe Castle itself.
2. Timothy married the Honorable Elizabeth Fitzmaurice, a daughter of
Lord Thomas Fitzmaurice, son of Fitzmaurice, Earl of Kerry. They
at least one son, Denis.
Denis married Elizabeth MacGillicuddy, a daughter of Donogh MacGillicuddy.
They had two daughters, Anne and Winifred, and a son, Charles.
1. Winifred married Denis Sugrue (not of this family lineage). They
had one son,
Robert, and two daughters, Catherine and Joanna.
2. Charles married Eleanor Mahoney. They had two sons, James and
and two daughters, Anne and Elizabeth.
The above data is from O'Harts Irish Pedigree, found at
While I can't be positive that this is definitely a part of my ancestry,
father was a Denis Sugrue, I like to think we are descended from one
Generation 8 would have lived approximately middle to late 16th century.
The next record of Sugrues I have is from the December 1834 Irish census.
While there are many Sugrue households recorded in County Kerry, there
are only 3 Sugrue households listed in the townland where my father
That townland is Cools, of the Parish of Prior, Barony of Iveragh, Poor
Union of Cahirciveen, County Kerry.
In 1834, Cools boasted a total of 11 households. Today, there
aren't very many
more than that. The 3 heads of the Sughrue (as spelled on the
were Humphry, Cornelius, and John. Working on assumption, since
are no Humphrys or Cornelius' anywhere amongst my father's siblings
children, but quite a few Johns, I believe it's a safe bet that I am
from John Sughrue.
In case you're are wondering what happened to the
Dunloe Castle, it is now ruins, just a shell of itself.
Don't worry about ownership, I reclaimed it on behalf
of the Sugrue's during a trip to Ireland in July 1996.
It now belongs to me, Siobhan (seated lower step)
and my children, Shannon (behind me),
and Erin and Marty (the lion guards)!
Sugrue Coat of Arms