The rich and ancient history of the MacAffera family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes from the given name Averary.
For example, the first recorded instance of the name is Rogerus filius
Averary. His name means Rogerus son of Averary. Over time, the name changed until it achieved its modern form.
Early Origins of the MacAffera family
The surname MacAffera was first found in the county of Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Rogerus filius
Averary resided in the year 1166, and held manors and estates. One branch of the family was found in Egginton, Derbyshire
from ancient times. "The church [of Egginton], an ancient structure with a nave, chancel, aisles, and a neat low tower, contains several monuments to the Every family, and has some remains of stained glass." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the MacAffera family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacAffera research.Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1664, 1654, 1643, 1679, 1679, 1620, 1700, 1653, 1696 and 1690 are included under the topic Early MacAffera History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacAffera Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name MacAffera have been found, including Avery, Averie, Avary, Every, MacAvera and others.
Early Notables of the MacAffera family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Avery; Samuel Avery (died 1664) was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654; John Every (c 1643-1679), an English landowner and politician from Dorset
who sat in the House of Commons in 1679; James... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacAffera Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacAffera family to Ireland
Some of the MacAffera family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacAffera family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name MacAffera, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Jacob and George who settled in Virginia in 1635. Christopher Avery settled in Gloucester Massachusetts in 1640.