Origin of the Name Caulfield
The origin of the name Caulfield
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 Caulfield
include Caufield, Gaffney, O'Growney, Keveney, McCarron and Carew. This Sept was O'Gamhna of Ossory, and Caufield and Caulfield are the modern forms of the name. In the same area Gaffney is found as Keveney. From 1100 to 1600 the name appears frequently as a Sept in the barony of Kilkenny West. The ancient text 'The Four Masters' name the head of the Sept 'Chief of Maol an tSinna' meaning 'Chief of Shannon', their territory lying on the Westmeath side of the river. In 1578 Hobbert McCarron of Killenefaghna, County Westmeath, was 'Chief serjeant of the Nation', confirmed in the possession of the lands in that County. Caulfield and Caufield are also occasional variants of McKeown and Calfhill.
The Caulfield 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 Caulfield descendants.