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McCafferty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the McCafferty family


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)

Early History of the McCafferty family


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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.

Early Notables of the McCafferty family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McCafferty family to the New World and Oceana


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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Biddy McCafferty, aged 20, who landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William McCafferty, who landed in America in 1805 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Susan McCafferty, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John McCafferty, aged 29, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (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, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Hugh McCafferty, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Thomas McCafferty a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833
  • Anna McCafferty, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833
  • Edward McCafferty, aged 22, a labourer, who 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, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James McCafferty, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [3]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, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name McCafferty (post 1700)


  • John Francis "Jack" McCafferty (1914-1999), Australian businessman and politician from Breakfast Creek, Brisbane who founded McCafferty's Coaches, an Australian interstate coach operator in 1940
  • Michael McCafferty, American actor, known for The Invisible Man (2000) Not a Father's Day (2008)
  • Landya Boyer McCafferty (b. 1962), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire (2013-)
  • Michael McCafferty (b. 1942), American entrepreneur and inventor, known as the "Father of CRM"
  • Donald William "Don" McCafferty (1921-1974), American football head coach of the Baltimore Colts when they won Super Bowl V, the first rookie head coach to win the Super Bowl
  • Megan Fitzmorris McCafferty (b. 1973), American author, known for her New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series of young adult novels
  • Jane McCafferty, American novelist, and short story writer
  • Neil McCafferty (b. 1984), Irish footballer who plays for NIFL Premiership side Warrenpoint Town
  • Nell McCafferty (b. 1944), Irish journalist, playwright, civil rights campaigner and feminist
  • John McCafferty, British scientist, one of the founders of Cambridge Antibody Technology and one of the inventors of scFv antibody fragment phage display
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm

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