Show ContentsCalf History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Calf comes from Calf, a variant of the Old Norse personal name Kalfr, which means calf. However, several alternative interpretations exist. The name may be of nickname origin, derived from the Old English cealf which means calf, indicating one thought to possess the characteristics of a calf. [1]

Early Origins of the Calf family

The surname Calf was first found in various counties throughout old Britain as by the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the following listings were found: Reginald Cauf, Yorkshire; John le Cauf, Lincolnshire; and Nicholas Calf, Gloucestershire. [2]

Early History of the Calf family

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Calf Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Calf has appeared include Calf, Calfe, Cauf, Caufe, Calffe and others.

Early Notables of the Calf family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Abraham Colfe or Calf (1580-1657), English divine, son of the Rev. Richard Colfe, D.D., prebendary of Canterbury, by his first wife, whose maiden name was Thorneton, was born at Canterbury, 7 Aug. 1580, of a family that had settled...
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Ireland Migration of the Calf family to Ireland

Some of the Calf family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Calf migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Calf arrived in North America very early:

Calf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Calf, who landed in Boston in 1765

Canada Calf migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Calf Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • King Calf, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Calf migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Calf Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Calf, (b. 1769), aged 28, Cornish settler convicted in Launceston, Cornwall, UK on 25th March 1797, sentenced for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the ship "Barwell" on 25th March 1797 to New South Wales, Australia [3]
Calf Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Calf, English convict who was convicted in Plymouth, Devon, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [4]

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook