Coffer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Coffer originally descend from Cobthach Fionn, a quo O Cobhthaigh, where "cobthach" means "victorious" and "fionn" means "fair," combined to mean "the fairhaired victor." [1]

Early Origins of the Coffer family

The surname Coffer was first found in County Cork, Roscommon and Meath, where the claim descent from the Irish monarch, Luy Mac Con, from the line of Ithe Kings, ancestor of Cobthach Fion, who in turn was the ancestor of the name Coffey or Caughey (both pronounced the same way). The O'Coffeys of Corcaloidhe are kin of the O'Driscolls, and are still common in southwest County Cork today.

Early History of the Coffer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coffer research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1700, 1745, 1729, 1745, 1857 and 1916 are included under the topic Early Coffer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coffer Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, a person's name was often recorded under several spelling variations during a single lifetime because it was essentially up to the individual scribe's discretion as to how to record an individual's name. Research into the name Coffer revealed many variations, including Coffey, Caughey, Coffie, Coughey, Cauffey, Cauffy, Cauffie, Coffy, Coughay, Coffay, Coffeye and many more.

Early Notables of the Coffer family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family name at this time was Dermot O'Coffey ( fl. 1580), the Gaelic poet. Charles Coffey of Leinster (1700-1745), was an Irish dramatist, actor and composer, a 'native of Ireland,' is first heard of in Dublin. In Dublin...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coffer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Coffer migration to the United States +

Often leaving from racial discrimination and colonial oppression, thousands of families left Ireland in the 19th century for North America aboard passenger ships. Many early immigrants found a plot of land to call their own, something unimaginable for most Irish families. Those that arrived later were often accommodated as laborers since there was a large demand for cheap labor. This was the fate for many of the families that arrived in North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Whether they became agrarian settlers or industrial workers, the Irish that came to North America were invaluable for rapid development of the infant nations of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Coffer or a variant listed above:

Coffer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Coffer, who landed in Virginia in 1661 [2]
  • James Coffer, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [2]
Coffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • H Henry Coffer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
  • Henry Coffer, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1753
Coffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • D. Coffer traveled to New York in 1820

Contemporary Notables of the name Coffer (post 1700) +

  • Jim Coffer, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Tennessee 6th District, 1996 (Independent), 2000 (Libertarian) [3]
  • David Coffer, General Secretary of the Royal British Legion


The Coffer Motto +

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


  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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