The name is derived from the Irish Gaelic personal name
"ó hEamhthaigh." The origins of this ancient personal name are obscure. It is possible that there is a connection to the word "eamh" which denotes a "groaning or exclamation of disgust."
Early Origins of the Hafley family
The surname Hafley was first found in the Athlone
region, County Westmeath
(Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster
. Early recorded instances of the name are rare, but there was a bearer recorded as a husbandman of Thisteinagh, in Couty Westmeath
Early History of the Hafley family
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Hafley Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Heaphy, O'Heaphy, Heaphey, Heavey, O'Heavy, Heafy, O'Heafey, Heflin and many more.
Early Notables of the Hafley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hafley family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: S. Dan Heafey, who was recorded in Iowa in 1866; John Heaphy, who was naturalized in Mississippi in 1876; Thomas Heavy, who was recorded in Philadelphia in 1832.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hafley (post 1700)
- Lucien Hafley (1906-1994), American Primetime Emmy Award winning set director, best known for his work on Mission: Impossible (1966), The Cisco Kid (1950) and The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)