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The Irish name Gaffney has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Gaffney is "O Gamhna." However, the name was also used as an Anglicized form by the septs of O Caibheanaigh, Mac Conghamhna, and Mac Carrghamhna.

Gaffney Early Origins



The surname Gaffney was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Gaffney Spelling Variations


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Gaffney Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Gaffney were encountered in the archives: Gaffney, Gafney, Gaffeney, Gaffeny, Gafferny, Gaffin, Gaffnay, Gaffny, Caulfields, Keveneys and many more.

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Gaffney Early History


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Gaffney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaffney research. Another 386 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1270 are included under the topic Early Gaffney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gaffney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gaffney Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gaffney 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



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Gaffney:

Gaffney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W Gaffney, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Eliza Gaffney, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Bernard, Christopher, James, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and William Gaffney, arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • John Gaffney, who landed in Mississippi in 1861

Gaffney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Gaffney, aged 56 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Pandora" departing from the port of New Ross, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)
  • Mrs. Ann Gaffney, aged 45 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Pandora" departing from the port of New Ross, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)
  • Miss. Bridget Gaffney, aged 1 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Charles Richard" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)
  • Mr. Michael Gaffney, aged 9 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Jessie" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in May 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)

Gaffney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Gaffney, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Eliza Gaffney, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
  • Catherine Gaffney, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • John Gaffney, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Patrick Gaffney, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gaffney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Gaffney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaffney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaffney (post 1700)



  • James Thomas Gaffney Jr. (1921-2015), American NFL football quarterback for the Washington Redskins (1945-1946)
  • Maureen E. "Mo" Gaffney (b. 1958), American actress, comedian, writer and activist
  • James Edward Gaffney (1868-1932), American baseball executive, owner of the Boston Braves of the National League from 1912 through 1915
  • Francis Andrew "Drew" Gaffney M.D, (b. 1946), American doctor who flew aboard a NASA STS-40 Space Shuttle mission as a Payload Specialist
  • Christopher F. "Chris" Gaffney (1950-2008), American singer and songwriter
  • Brigadier-General Dale Vincent Gaffney (1895-1950), American Commanding Officer Alaskan Wing (1943-1950)
  • Private first class Frank Joseph Gaffney (1883-1948), American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor, considered "the second bravest man in the U. S. Army"
  • Mo Gaffney (b. 1958), American actress, comedienne, writer and activist
  • Elizabeth Gaffney (b. 1966), American novelist
  • Derrick Tyrone Gaffney (b. 1955), American NFL wide receiver
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Gaffney


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Suggested Readings for the name Gaffney



  • Notes of George Washington Gaddy and Family by Frank C. Rigler.
  • A Springer Family History: Some Descendants of Dennis Springer and Ann Prickett, including Family Histories for Prickett, Gaddis, McIntire, et al by Ruth Beckey Irwin.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  11. ...

The Gaffney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaffney 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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