Show ContentsHeafy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name is derived from the Irish Gaelic personal name "ó hEamhthaigh." [1] 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 Heafy family

The surname Heafy was first found in the Athlone region, County Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster. Later some records of the family were found in Waterford and Cork. [1]

Early recorded instances of the name are rare, but there was a bearer recorded as a husbandman of Thisteinagh, in Couty Westmeath in 1601.

Early History of the Heafy family

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Heafy Spelling Variations

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 Heafy family (pre 1700)

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United States Heafy migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heafy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary, John, Maurice, and Bridget Heafy, who sailed for America on board the "Oronoco" from County Waterford, Ireland on May 1st, 1851

Australia Heafy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Heafy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Heafy, (b. 1804), aged 23, Irish farm labourer who was convicted in Tipperary, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 19th July 1827, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Heafy (post 1700) +

  • Matthew "Matt" Kiichi Heafy (b. 1986), Japanese-born, American musician, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist for the American heavy metal band Trivium


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eliza


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