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The Claffey surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the baptismal name for the son of John. The given name John was originally derived from the Dutch Hans or Han. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Claffey Early Origins



The surname Claffey was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Claffey Spelling Variations


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Claffey Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Claffey are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Claffey include: Hand, Hands 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 296 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is 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)



More information is included under the topic Early Claffey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Claffey In Ireland


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Claffey In Ireland



Some of the Claffey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Claffey or a variant listed above:

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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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

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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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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