Calfey is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that 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 Calfey family
The surname Calfey was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Calfey family
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Calfey Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Calfey has been recorded under many different variations, including Calf, Calfe, Cauf, Caufe, Calffe and others.
Early Notables of the Calfey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Calfey family to Ireland
Some of the Calfey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Calfey family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Calfey or a variant listed above: William Calfe who arrived in Virginia in 1637 and Daniel Calf in Boston in 1765.