Origin of the Name Calf
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Calf
include Calfe, Vail, Veale and DeVeale. This names and its variants are of Norman origin originally being rendered as 'de Bhial'. After the Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century families of the name settled in County Waterford in the south-east of Ireland and formed a sept along native Gaelic lines, integrating into Gaelic society. A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. The name is recorded in many ancient documents including the Ormond Deeds of the sixteenth century. In the seventeenth century the name was recorded as being one of the principal Irish names in the Barony of Decies. A Walter le Veele was Bishop of Kildare from 1300 to 1322. In modern times this name is still found mostly in its original homeland territory.
The Calf coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Calf descendants.