Hefley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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 Hefley family
The surname Hefley 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. 
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 Hefley family
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Hefley 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 Hefley family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Hefley is the 11,060th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hefley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century