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McCaffrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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


The surname McCaffrey 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 McCaffrey family


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McCaffrey Spelling Variations


Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname McCaffrey are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of McCaffrey included MacCaffery, MacCaffrey, MacCafferty, MacAffery, MacAffry, MacAfferty, MacGoffrey, MacGodfrey and many more.

Early Notables of the McCaffrey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McCaffrey family to the New World and Oceana


North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of McCaffrey:

McCaffrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomew McCaffrey, who landed in Maryland 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)
  • William McCaffrey, who landed in Mississippi in 1824 [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)
  • Michael McCaffrey, who landed in Maryland in 1826 [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)
  • Hugh McCaffrey, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1843 [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)
  • Mary McCaffrey, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1849 [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)
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McCaffrey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bell McCaffrey, aged 70, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, Ireland, in 1902
  • Andrew McCaffrey, aged 20, who landed in America from Belfast, in 1904
  • Annie McCaffrey, aged 34, who settled in America from Cavan, in 1905
  • Bessie McCaffrey, aged 38, who landed in America from Kearney, in 1906
  • Annie McCaffrey, aged 30, who landed in America from Ballinamore, Ireland, in 1907
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McCaffrey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John McCaffrey U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

McCaffrey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McCaffrey, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary McCaffrey, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • Miss. Elizabeth McCaffrey, aged 11 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John and Robert" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 42)
  • Mrs. Ellen McCaffrey, aged 42 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Sisters" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 42)
  • Ms. Ellen McCaffrey, aged 19 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Asia" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 42)
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McCaffrey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Phillips McCaffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  • John McCaffrey, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  • Margaret McCaffrey, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  • James McCaffrey, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
  • John McCaffrey, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
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Contemporary Notables of the name McCaffrey (post 1700)


  • John Paul "Pete" McCaffrey (1938-2012), American gold medalist basketball player at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • General Barry Richard McCaffrey (b. 1942), retired United States Army General, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross twice, the Purple Heart three times and the Silver Star Medal twice [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Barry McCaffrey. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Barry McCaffrey. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_McCaffrey
  • Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011), American-born science fiction author
  • James McCaffrey (b. 1960), American actor
  • Ed McCaffrey (b. 1968), former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Janice Leslie McCaffrey (b. 1959), Canadian retired female racewalker from Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Stuart McCaffrey (b. 1979), Scottish football defender

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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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 42)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  7. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
  8. ^ Barry McCaffrey. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Barry McCaffrey. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_McCaffrey

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