Caffey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Caffey 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 Caffey family

The surname Caffey 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 Caffey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caffey 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 Caffey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Caffey Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, a name was often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer. Literacy was rare at that time and none of the languages to be found in the British Isles had achieved any great semblance of standardization. Variations of the name Caffey found include Coffey, Caughey, Coffie, Coughey, Cauffey, Cauffy, Cauffie, Coffy, Coughay, Coffay, Coffeye and many more.

Early Notables of the Caffey 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 Caffey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Caffey migration to the United States +

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 Caffey:

Caffey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M. Caffey, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Joseph P. Caffey, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Theo Caffey, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Caffey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lizzie Caffey, aged 14, who settled in America from Tullamore, in 1901
  • Jane Caffey, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Strokestown, Ireland, in 1904
  • John B. Caffey, aged 27, who settled in America from Dublin, in 1904
  • Bridget Caffey, aged 14, who immigrated to the United States from Mitchelstown, in 1906
  • Nicholas Caffey, aged 24, who immigrated to America from Trim, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Caffey (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Benjamin Franklin Jr. Caffey (1893-1972), American Commanding General Special Troops 4th Army (1944-1945) [2]
  • Francis Gordon Caffey (1868-1951), United States federal judge
  • Lee Roy Caffey (1941-1994), American NFL football linebacker
  • Jason Andre Caffey (b. 1973), American former professional basketball player
  • Charlotte Irene Caffey (b. 1953), American rock and roll guitarist and songwriter


The Caffey 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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Benjamin Caffey. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Caffey/Benjamin_Franklin_Jr./USA.html


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