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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.

McCaffrey Early Origins



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)

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McCaffrey Spelling Variations


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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.

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McCaffrey Early History


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McCaffrey Early History



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

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McCaffrey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCaffrey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McCaffrey 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



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
  • William McCaffrey, who landed in Mississippi in 1824
  • Michael McCaffrey, who landed in Maryland in 1826
  • Hugh McCaffrey, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1843
  • Mary McCaffrey, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [2]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, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary McCaffrey arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834

McCaffrey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Phillips McCaffrey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [3]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, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"
  • Margaret McCaffrey, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"
  • James McCaffrey, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
  • John McCaffrey, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCaffrey (post 1700)


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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
  • 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


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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. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm

Other References

  1. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The McCaffrey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCaffrey 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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