Origins Available: English, Irish
Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It 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.
Early Origins of the Calfe family
Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Calfe family
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Calfe Spelling Variations
spelling variations, including Calf, Calfe, Cauf, Caufe, Calffe and others.
Early Notables of the Calfe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Calfe family to Ireland
Some of the Calfe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Calfe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Calfe were among those contributors:
Calfe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
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