While this surname is generally regarded as Irish, we must look further back to properly understand its origin. Taffee 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 Taffee is Táth, which is pronounced, and indeed, often spelled, Taa.
Early Origins of the Taffee family
The surname Taffee 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 Taffee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taffee 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 Taffee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Taffee Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes often simply spelled names as they sounded. As a result, a single person's name may have been recorded a dozen different ways during his lifetime. Spelling variations
for the name Taffee include: Taafe, Taaf, Taffe, Taffee, Taffie, Taffey and others.
Early Notables of the Taffee 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 Taffee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Taffee family to the New World and Oceana
The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine
resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Taffee:
Taffee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J Taffee, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 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)
Taffee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Patrick Taffee, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Ardee, in 1906
- Gerald Taffee, aged 33, who emigrated to America, in 1921
- John Taffee, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1922
- Charles Taffee, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1924
The Taffee 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.