While this surname is generally regarded as Irish, we must look further back to properly understand its origin. Taeffe is actually derived from the Welsh
name Taaffe, which is a form of the personal name
David and is related to the modern pet name Taffy. The Irish Gaelic form of the surname Taeffe is Táth, which is pronounced, and indeed, often spelled, Taa.
Early Origins of the Taeffe family
The surname Taeffe was first found in County Louth
(Irish: Lú) the smallest county in Ireland
, located on the East coast, in the Province of Leinster
where the family rapidly rose to positions of great importance shortly after their settlement during the Anglo- Norman invasion
. "Lord Taafe's ancestors were a Welsh
family, who settled in Ireland
at the English invasion." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Sir Nicholas Taafe's grandson, Richard Taafe seated at Castle Lumpnagh was Sheriff of Dublin
in 1295, and later Sheriff of County Louth
in 1315. His son was Archbishop of Armagh. This line of early nobility continued well into the 14th and 15th centuries with more Sheriffs of Louth on record. 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 Taeffe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taeffe research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1284, 1441, 1649, 1641, 1603, 1677, 1642, 1661, 1639 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Taeffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Taeffe Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, a single person often had their name recorded by church officials and scribes many different ways. Names were typically spelt as they sounded, which resulted in many different spelling variations
. The many versions of the name Taeffe to have been recorded over the years include: Taafe, Taaf, Taffe, Taffee, Taffie, Taffey and others.
Early Notables of the Taeffe family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was John Taaffe, 1st Viscount Taaffe (died before 1641); Theobald Taaffe, 1st Earl of Carlingford (c.
1603-1677), 2nd Viscount Taaffe, of Corren and 2nd Baron
of Ballymote between 1642 and 1661, Irish Royalist officer... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Taeffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Taeffe family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1840s, Ireland
experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine
. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Taeffe: John Taafe settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1809; Joanne Taaffee settled in Virginia in 1654; Patrick Taaffe settled in Pennsylvania in 1773; Peter Taaf settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772.
The Taeffe Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In hoc signo spes mea
Motto Translation: In this sign is my hope.