While this surname is generally regarded as Irish, we must look further back to properly understand its origin. Taffie 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 Taffie is Táth, which is pronounced, and indeed, often spelled, Taa.
Early Origins of the Taffie family
The surname Taffie 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 Taffie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taffie 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 Taffie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Taffie Spelling Variations
Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name Taffie revealed the following spelling variations: Taafe, Taaf, Taffe, Taffee, Taffie, Taffey and others.
Early Notables of the Taffie 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 Taffie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Taffie family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland's Great Potato Famine
left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Taffie: 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 Taffie 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.