The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Calfay came 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.
Early Origins of the Calfay family
The surname Calfay was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Calfay family
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Calfay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Calfay family name include Calf, Calfe, Cauf, Caufe, Calffe and others.
Early Notables of the Calfay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Calfay family to Ireland
Some of the Calfay family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Calfay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Calfay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Calfe who arrived in Virginia in 1637 and Daniel Calf in Boston in 1765.