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There are multitude of rich histories underlying the many Irish surnames in use today. The name McCafferty 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.

McCafferty Early Origins



The surname McCafferty 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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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McCafferty Spelling Variations


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McCafferty Spelling Variations



In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the McCafferty family history revealed numerous spelling variations of the name, including MacCaffery, MacCaffrey, MacCafferty, MacAffery, MacAffry, MacAfferty, MacGoffrey, MacGodfrey and many more.

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McCafferty Early History


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McCafferty Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCafferty research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 198 and 1987 are included under the topic Early McCafferty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCafferty Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCafferty Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pitifully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name McCafferty:

McCafferty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McCafferty, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Biddy McCafferty, aged 20, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • William McCafferty, who landed in America in 1805
  • Susan McCafferty, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • John McCafferty, aged 29, landed in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCafferty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry McCafferty, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Hugh McCafferty, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Thomas McCafferty a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833
  • Anna McCafferty arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833
  • Edward McCafferty, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCafferty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick McCafferty landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James McCafferty arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • James McCafferty arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCafferty (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCafferty (post 1700)



  • Jane McCafferty, American novelist, and short story writer
  • Megan Fitzmorris McCafferty (b. 1973), American author
  • Donald William McCafferty (1921-1974), American football coach
  • John Francis McCafferty, one of the great pioneers of the bus and coach industry in Australia
  • Neil McCafferty (b. 1984), Irish footballer
  • Nell McCafferty (b. 1944), Irish journalist, playwright, civil rights campaigner and feminist
  • William "Bill" McCafferty (1882-1909), Scottish professional footballer
  • Ian John McCafferty (b. 1944), Scottish athlete
  • Owen McCafferty (b. 1961), playwright from Northern Ireland
  • Dan McCafferty (b. 1946), the lead singer for the Scottish hard rock band, Nazareth
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm

Other References

  1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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The McCafferty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCafferty Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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