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Where did the Irish McCaffery family come from? What is the Irish McCaffery family crest and coat of arms? When did the McCaffery family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCaffery family history?There are multitude of rich histories underlying the many Irish surnames in use today. The name McCaffery 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.
Ireland in the Middle Ages was inhabited by very few literate people. Therefore, the proper spelling of names was decided by a very select few. The surviving records for the time demonstrate that these scribes were often not consistent in their efforts for there are many spelling variations of certain common names. Some of the variations for the name McCaffery include MacCaffery, MacCaffrey, MacCafferty, MacAffery, MacAffry, MacAfferty, MacGoffrey, MacGodfrey and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCaffery research. Another 180 words(13 lines of text) covering the year 1987 is included under the topic Early McCaffery History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McCaffery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name McCaffery:
McCaffery Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The McCaffery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCaffery 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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