Calfee is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin and 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 Calfee family
The surname Calfee was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Calfee family
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Calfee Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Calfee have been found, including Calf, Calfe, Cauf, Caufe, Calffe and others.
Early Notables of the Calfee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Calfee family to Ireland
Some of the Calfee family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Calfee family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Calfee, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : William Calfe who arrived in Virginia in 1637 and Daniel Calf in Boston in 1765.
Contemporary Notables of the name Calfee (post 1700)
- John Edward "Jack" Calfee (1941-2011), American economist and author