While this surname is generally regarded as Irish, we must look further back to properly understand its origin. Taffey 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 Taffey is Táth, which is pronounced, and indeed, often spelled, Taa.
Early Origins of the Taffey family
The surname Taffey 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 Taffey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taffey 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 Taffey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Taffey Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Taffey revealed many spelling variations
including Taafe, Taaf, Taffe, Taffee, Taffie, Taffey and others.
Early Notables of the Taffey 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 Taffey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Taffey family to the New World and Oceana
During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families
often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Taffey:
Taffey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M. Taffey, who arrived in New York in 1823
The Taffey 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.