Origin of the Name Caughey
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Caughey is derived from a number of distinct Gaelic septs.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The MacEachaidh sept that was located in County Tyrone anglicized their native name as Caughey, McCaughey, Cahey and Cahy. This sept name was originally taken from the first name Eachaidh, later changed to Aghy and Oghy. The O'Maolchathaigh sept of Munster Province is also represented in Ulster Province where the name is anglicized as Cahy and Caughey as well as Mulcahy. When Gaelic names were anglicized during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries they were often changed to Anglo equivalents that sounded most like their original Gaelic name. In modern times the name Caughey is still most associated with the Ulster Counties.
The Caughey 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 Caughey descendants.