The name Calffe was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture that ruled a majority of Britain. 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 Calffe family
The surname Calffe was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Calffe family
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Calffe Spelling Variations
Calffe has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Calffe have been found, including Calf, Calfe, Cauf, Caufe, Calffe and others.
Early Notables of the Calffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Calffe family to Ireland
Some of the Calffe 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 Calffe family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Calffes to arrive on North American shores: William Calfe who arrived in Virginia in 1637 and Daniel Calf in Boston in 1765.