McCaffery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

The surname McCaffery 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 McCaffery family

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

McCaffery Spelling Variations

Ireland in the Middle Ages was inhabited by very few literate people. Therefore, the proper spelling of names was decided by a very select few. The surviving records for the time demonstrate that these scribes were often not consistent in their efforts for there are many spelling variations of certain common names. Some of the variations for the name McCaffery include MacCaffery, MacCaffrey, MacCafferty, MacAffery, MacAffry, MacAfferty, MacGoffrey, MacGodfrey and many more.

Early Notables of the McCaffery family (pre 1700)

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

McCaffery migration to the United States

Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name McCaffery:

McCaffery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James McCaffery, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [2]
  • William McCaffery, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [2]
  • John McCaffery, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1820 [2]
  • Hugh McCaffery, aged 20, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [2]

McCaffery migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCaffery Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary McCaffery, aged 34, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Hugh McCaffery, aged 48, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • James McCaffery, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Bridget McCaffery, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Tom McCaffery, aged 31, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCaffery (post 1700)

  • Daniel D. McCaffery, American judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (2013-)
  • Simon McCaffery (b. 1963), American author
  • Harry Charles McCaffery (1858-1928), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Seamus McCaffery (b. 1950), American Justice on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Fran McCaffery (b. 1959), American college basketball coach
  • Lawrence F. "Larry" McCaffery Jr. (b. 1946), American literary critic, editor, and retired professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University
  • Trudy V. McCaffery (1944-2007), Canadian-born, American prominent Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder in California
  • Edward McCaffery, American tax law professor at the University of Southern California Law School
  • Ann McCaffery, Irish Authoress
  • Aidan McCaffery (b. 1957), English former professional footballer and football club manager
  • ... (Another 3 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)
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