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Where did the Irish Coffee family come from? What is the Irish Coffee family crest and coat of arms? When did the Coffee family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Coffee family history?

The surname is one of the native Irish surnames that come from the Irish Gaelic language. The original Gaelic form of the name Coffee is "Mac Eachaidh," from the personal name Eachaidh, which is Anglicized as Aghy. It is cognate with Eochaigh, which is Anglicized as the once-common Christian name Oghy.


Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Coffee dating from that time include Caughey, McCaughey, McGaughey, Coffee, Coffey, Coffy, O'Coffey, O'Coffy, Mulcahy, McGahey and many more.

First found in the county of Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coffee research. Another 218 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coffee History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Coffee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Coffee or a variant listed above, including:

Coffee Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Coffee settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Rebecca Coffee, who landed in Maryland in 1675
  • Robert Coffee, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Coffee Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Coffee, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Coffee Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Coffee, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William John Coffee, who arrived in New York in 1818
  • Huch Coffee, aged 34, landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • George Coffee, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Timothy Coffee, aged 29, landed in Missouri in 1843

Coffee Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • John Coffee, who landed in Arkansas in 1903


  • Virgil Glenn Coffee (b. 1967), American lawyer and Republican politician
  • Glenwood Razeem Coffee Jr. (b. 1987), former American football running back
  • John Coffee (1772-1833), American planter and military leader
  • Linda Nellene Coffee (b. 1942), American attorney
  • Lenore Jackson Coffee (1896-1984), American screenwriter and playwright
  • John E. Coffee (1782-1836), American military leader and a United States Congress man
  • John C. "Jack" Coffee Jr. (b. 1944), American Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
  • John Main Coffee (1897-1983), U.S. Representative from Washington
  • Harry Buffington Coffee (1890-1972), Nebraska Democratic politician
  • John Trousdale Coffee (1816-1890), American politician and Confederate officer in the American Civil War



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non providentia sed victoria
Motto Translation: No victory without foresight


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The Coffee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coffee Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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