Caffrey Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Caffrey Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Caffrey

The Caffrey family history was found in the archives. The names Caffrey, Cafferty and McCaffrey are of Irish origin and are derived from the Gaelic MacEachmharcaigh and MacGafraidh septs. This later sept was a branch of the McGuires of Fermanagh.
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 townland of Ballymacaffrey near Fivemiletown on the Tyrone border marks their homeland. The great majority of the name today belong to the families located in Fermanagh and Tyrone. A well known person of the name was the Rev. James MacCaffrey, 1875, the ecclesiastical historian who was born in Tyrone. Cafferkey is the form most often used in County Mayo.
The Caffrey 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 Caffrey descendants.
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