MacCaffrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are multitude of rich histories underlying the many Irish surnames in use today. The name MacCaffrey originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Gafraidh. Gafraidh or Gothraidh equates with the English personal name Godfrey. Variations that start with the prefix Mac or Mc mean son of Godfrey.

Early Origins of the MacCaffrey family

The surname MacCaffrey was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat at Ballymacaffrey near Five mile Town in Fermanagh near the Tyrone border. [1]

Important Dates for the MacCaffrey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCaffrey research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 198 and 1987 are included under the topic Early MacCaffrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacCaffrey Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, a person's name was often recorded under several spelling variations during a single lifetime because it was essentially up to the individual scribe's discretion as to how to record an individual's name. Research into the name MacCaffrey revealed many variations, including MacCaffery, MacCaffrey, MacCafferty, MacAffery, MacAffry, MacAfferty, MacGoffrey, MacGodfrey and many more.

Early Notables of the MacCaffrey family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early MacCaffrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacCaffrey migration to the United States

Often leaving from racial discrimination and colonial oppression, thousands of families left Ireland in the 19th century for North America aboard passenger ships. Many early immigrants found a plot of land to call their own, something unimaginable for most Irish families. Those that arrived later were often accommodated as laborers since there was a large demand for cheap labor. This was the fate for many of the families that arrived in North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Whether they became agrarian settlers or industrial workers, the Irish that came to North America were invaluable for rapid development of the infant nations of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name MacCaffrey or a variant listed above:

MacCaffrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arthur, Charles, Edward, Hugh, John, Michael, Patrick, Roderick, Thomas, and William MacCaffrey all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name MacCaffrey (post 1700)

  • Wallace T. MacCaffrey (1920-2013), American Professor Emeritus of History at Harvard University, awarded a Guggenheim fellowship
  • Monsignor James MacCaffrey STL PhD (1875-1935), Irish priest, theologian and historian

Citations

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
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