MacCahey

MacCahey - what does MacCahey surname mean?

This interesting name is an anglicization of the Gaelic name O`Cobhthach(meaning `descended from the victorious one`. Further anglicizations include the surnames Coffee and Coffey. There were three main septs of this name in medieval Ireland. They were the O`Coffeys of Corca Laoidh(South West Cork, those of County Roscommon, and a bardic sept belonging to County Westmeath. The most distinguished of these was Dermot O`Coffee circa 1580, the Gaelic poet. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of O` Cobhthaigh (Gaelic sept), which was dated Circa 1500, during the reign of Henry V11, known as `The Last Welsh King` 1485 - 1509. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to `develop` often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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