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Where did the Irish McCafferty family come from? What is the Irish McCafferty family crest and coat of arms? When did the McCafferty family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCafferty family history?There are multitude of rich histories underlying the many Irish surnames in use today. The name McCafferty originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Gafraidh. Gafraidh or Gothraidh equates with the English personal name Godfrey. Variations that start with the prefix Mac or Mc mean son of Godfrey.
In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the McCafferty family history revealed numerous spelling variations of the name, including MacCaffery, MacCaffrey, MacCafferty, MacAffery, MacAffry, MacAfferty, MacGoffrey, MacGodfrey and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCafferty research. Another 180 words(13 lines of text) covering the year 1987 is included under the topic Early McCafferty History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McCafferty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ireland, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pitifully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name McCafferty:
McCafferty Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The McCafferty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCafferty 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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