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

The Irish name Jaffe has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Jaffe is "O Gamhna." However, the name was also used as an Anglicized form by the septs of O Caibheanaigh, Mac Conghamhna, and Mac Carrghamhna.

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People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Jaffe that are preserved in archival documents are Gaffney, Gafney, Gaffeney, Gaffeny, Gafferny, Gaffin, Gaffnay, Gaffny, Caulfields, Keveneys and many more.

First found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jaffe research. Another 386 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1270 are included under the topic Early Jaffe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Jaffe name:

Jaffe Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mina Jaffe, who arrived in New York in 1850
  • Ruha Jaffe, who landed in New York in 1850

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  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Jaffe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jaffe 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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