Coffey Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Coffey Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Coffey

The origin of the name Coffey was found in the archives. Coffey is an Irish name and is O'Cobhthaigh in Gaelic. Variants of this name include O'Coffey, Coffee, Cowig and Caughey. Several distinct septs of the name were prominent in mediaeval times, of which two are well represented in their original homeland. These are O'Coffey of Corcalaoidhe, in South-West Cork, where local pronunciation often makes the name Cowig or Cowhey, as in the place Dunocowhey called after them. This sept is of the same stock as the O'Driscolls. A second minor sept was a branch of the O'Maddens of Ui Maine, whose descendants are found today in County Roscommon. A third sept, once of considerable importance but now scattered, belonged to County Westmeath where they were famous as a Bardic family. The most distinguished of these was Dermot O'Coffey, 1580, the Gaelic poet.
The Coffey 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 Coffey descendants.
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