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The name Coffey originally descend from Cobthach Fionn, a quo O Cobhthaigh, where "cobthach" means "victorious" and "fionn" means "fair," combined to mean "the fairhaired victor." 
Many different spelling variations of the surname Coffey exist in the archives researched. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Coffey, Caughey, Coffie, Coughey, Cauffey, Cauffy, Cauffie, Coffy, Coughay, Coffay, Coffeye and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coffey research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1700, 1745, 1857 and 1916 are included under the topic Early Coffey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coffey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation, and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Coffey:
Coffey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Tho Coffey, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
- Edward Coffey, who landed in Virginia in 1726
Coffey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Nicholas Coffey, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
- Henry Coffey, aged 25, landed in Missouri in 1840
- Michael Coffey, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1848
- John Coffey, who landed in New York, NY in 1851
- Ann Coffey settled in New York in 1853
Coffey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Annie Coffey, aged 19, who arrived in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1903
- Beatrice Coffey, aged 45, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1904
- Hannah Coffey, aged 25, who arrived in America from Ballymaculey, County Waterford, in 1905
- John Coffey, aged 24, who arrived in America from Ballymaculey, County Waterford, in 1905
- John Coffey, aged 27, who arrived in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
Coffey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Michael Coffey settled in Quebec in 1848
Coffey Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Anne Coffey, aged 20, who arrived in Newfoundland, in 1903
- James B. Coffey, aged 26, who arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1911
- Harriet Ellen Coffey, aged 50, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1916
Coffey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Coffey, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Ramillies"
- Catherine Coffey, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"
- Jane Coffey, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
- Thomas Coffey, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
Coffey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mary Ann Coffey, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
- William Coffey, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
- Patrick Coffey, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
- Timothy Coffey, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
- Michael Coffey arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
- Charles E. "Charlie" Coffey (1934-2015), American football player and coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies
- Russell Coffey (1898-2007), American serviceman, one of the last three surviving American World War I veterans
- Brigadier-General John Will Coffey (1897-1951), American Professor of Ordnance, US Military Academy West Point (1947)
- Todd Coffey (b. 1980), Major League Baseball relief pitcher
- John "Jack" Francis Coffey (1887-1966), Major League Baseball player
- Dennis Coffey (b. 1940), American guitarist, studio musician
- Kellie Coffey (b. 1971), American singer-songwriter
- Bert Coffey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1952 (alternate), 1988; Presidential Elector for California, 1992
- Adam Coffey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
- A. M. Coffey (b. 1805), American politician, Member of Kansas territorial legislature
- The Coffeys of Wayne County by Jacqueline Coffey Sexton.
- Lizzie's Legacy and Our Coffey Cousins by Mary Elizabeth Coffey Self.
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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