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

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The surname Jaffe 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.

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Jaffe that are preserved in archival documents are Gaffney, Gafney, Gaffeney, Gaffeny, Gafferny, Gaffin, Gaffnay, Gaffny, Caulfields, Keveneys and many more.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Jaffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Jaffe name:

Jaffe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mina Jaffe, who arrived in New York in 1850
  • Ruha Jaffe, who landed in New York in 1850

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  • Ralph Jaffe, American politician, Candidate for Governor of Maryland, 2002
  • Morris Jaffe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1972
  • Ellen C. Jaffe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2004, 2008
  • Elaine R. Jaffe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2008
  • Adrian Jaffe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1956
  • Aaron Jaffe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972


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  10. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
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