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Multiple Origins for the Surname Claffey


Irish


The surname Claffey comes from the Irish name Mac Laithimh, from "flaitheamh" meaning "ruler." In Ulster the name is anglicized as MacClave and MacLave. In County Monaghan, however, the name is frequently mistranslated as Hand, since the name is phonetically similar to another Gaelic word "lamh" for "hand." Claffey is the most common variant in the midlands of Ireland.

Claffey Early Origins



The surname Claffey was first found in Ulster (Irish: Ulaidh).

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Claffey Spelling Variations


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Claffey Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Claffey, MacClaffey, MacClave, MacLave, Hand and others.

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Claffey Early History


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Claffey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claffey research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claffey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Claffey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Claffey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claffey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Claffey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John and Thomas Claffey were naturalized in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Thomas Claffey, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • John Claffey, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Peter Claffey, who settled in New York in 1841
  • Peter Claffey, who landed in New York in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Claffey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bernard Claffey a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • James Claffey, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Claffey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Claffey (post 1700)



  • Vinny Claffey, retired Irish hurler from Doon, County Offaly
  • Niall Claffey (b. 1978), Irish hurler from Birr, County Offaly
  • Una Claffey, Irish journalist, political correspondent and writer

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Claffey Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm

Other References

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  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  10. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
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The Claffey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Claffey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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