Origin of the Name Taaffe
The origin of the name Taaffe
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 Taaffe
include Taffe and Taffy. This family was originally from Wales and in Irish it is rendered Tath. They settled in County Louth soon after the Anglo-Norman invasion and rapidly attained a position of considerable importance in the country. Though they never became numerous like the other Norman families they continued to be one of the most influential families in Ireland. The ancestor of most of the Taaffe lines was Sir Nicholas Taaffe whose grandson, Richard Taaffe, was Sheriff of Dublin in 1295, and in 1315 Sheriff of County Louth. His grandson, John Taaffe, was Archbishop of Armagh.
The Taaffe 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 Taaffe descendants.