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Tadhg (//, // or //), often Anglicized as Teague and sometimes as Tim, is an Irish and Scottish Gaelic boy's name that was very common in the past. This was also the name of an 11th-century king of Connacht. Tadhg is most common in south-west Ireland, particularly in County Cork and County Kerry.
The name is also spelt "Taḋg" in the Irish uncial alphabet with an overdot over the d to indicate it is lenited; the "dh" serves a similar purpose in the modern spelling. "Tadhg" and is often seen as a spelling for "Tadhg" and has been popularly anglicized as "Tighe". Other examples can be found with the spellings of "Tadgh", "Taidgh" (found in North London). The name is found once in an Old Norse Viking source spelled as "Taðkr".
The commonly accepted meaning of Tadhg is "poet" or "storyteller". An alternative derivation from the Celtic *tazg(j)o-.
When the whole of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom, many Irish names and place-names were given English meanings. Due to similarity in sound, Tadhg is often listed as an Irish equivalent of the name Thaddeus or Timothy, but these names are not actually related.
Tadhg and its Anglicized form Taig (not to be confused with the surname Teague) are derogatory terms for Irish people, especially Catholics or those with nationalistic leanings. It has since been replaced by 'Paddy' and 'Mick', except in Northern Ireland.
People named Tadhg
- Tadhg Cooke, a famous musician today.
- Tadhg Kennelly, Gaelic footballer form County Kerry and Australian rules footballer for Sydney Swans.
- Tadhg Peavoy, well-known Irish journalist.
- Tadhgh Ryan, Professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association.
Flashman's Lady, by George MacDonald Fraser, has a comic character Mr. Daedalus Tighe.
- "Teague, Taig". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (pronunciations given for the name Tadhg separately from those for the slang/pejorative Teague)
- Irish Babies' Names 2010, Central Statistics Office
- Babies' Names, Oxford University Press, 1995, ISBN 0-19-211647-9, entry for "Tadhg"
- Ciarán Brewster[dead link]