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This famous Irish surname is recorded in many spellings including O'Coffey, O'Coffie, O'Cohey, Coffee, Coffey, Coshey and Cowhiy. It is an Anglicized form of the pre 10th century Gaelic O' Cobhthaigh, meaning the descendant of "Cobhthaigh", the latter being a tribal personal name translating as "The victorious one", no doubt a reference to a legendary warrior of ancient times. There were three main septs in Ireland making up the clan. The first sept belongs to "Corca Laoidh" or South West Cork, where local pronunciation produced the spelling forms Cowhig and Cowhey. It is claimed that the Cork sept is of the same stock as the great sea-faring clan O' Driscoll, although quite why this should be so is one of the mysteries of Irish mythology...

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Brian Smoot

Hello! My Great Grandmother was Annie Lou Coffey of Lenoir, Caldwell Co. North Carolina. Thomas Coffey who first settled in this area was my 5th Great Grandfather. I have traced the line to County Cork, Ireland to either a Edward Coffey of John Coffey. He was sent to Essex Co. Virginia a an indentured servant or slave. This was in the 1600s. I would love to go to County Cork and research the Coffey history there. Has anyone done this? I have seen the Coffey name in West Meath, Offaly, and Tipperary. As I understand there were more than one group of Coffeys across Ireland.

Angel Coffey

im very interested to know more about the irish surname coffey. my grandfather clerance w. coffey was also from Lenoir, nc (caldwell county) like a previous commenter has said. i also heard stories of indentured slavery and va. but dont know much to it. im slightly curious if we could be related. he passed when i was younger in 2006 and id love to know more. i know some family names, i know we are irish with thick,curly, red hair haha. i currently reside in morganton.

Doug Hesketh

My grandfather Michael Coffey originated in Cronehill, Carrig, North Tipperary. He was born in 1891.His father was Michael Coffey and his mother was Maria Coffey (nee - Keating). There were twelve children in the family. His sister Katie and his brother Patrick landed at Ellis Island in 1909. Two more of his sisters Bridget and Mary landed at Ellis Island in 1906 and 1902 respectively. Another of my Grandfathers sisters was Margaret, who I know became a nurse in the USA. If you are connected to my family I would love to hear from you, as I know nothing about my relatives lives in the USA. My grandfather and his own children lived in Mill Street, Birr, County Offaly. He was married to Katie Heaton of Crinkle. Birr, Offaly


John Coffey. Born around 1831 in Ireland. Was married to Nora Sullivan. Arrived in America around 1881.

O Cobhthaigh

This message is for Kevin Gordon Coffey (Canada) : my brother and I think the Kevin you're looking for is our father. We would be very happy to get in touch with you to check this out !


Looking for my Uncle Kevin who may be going by the old irish (Caoimhin Ó Cobhthaigh). Kevin was one of 6 children born to John Coffey and Eva Birtwell (the children thought her name was Holland not Birtwell) They lived in Oswaldtwistle Lancashire Eng and all the siblings were born there except Kevin who was born in Oz. My father Francis Michael was Kevin's oldest sibling. Kevin was a university professor and in the 1970's was living in France. We believe he may be going by the old Irish version and living in Ireland somewhere.........Kevin Gordon Coffey (Canada)

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Coffey name has a long history in Ireland, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the north-west region of the Emerald Island. The Coffey story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup D2] can trace their beginnings to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Coffey surname origin is from the Cenél Conaill [R1b-L513, Subgroup D] who found the Dál Fiatach.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) A group will also found the Kingdom of Ercing in Wales as trade with Romans will become essential around 300 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Coffey story begins in pre-history Ireland but this line and many of his kin will move to Wales, then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit

Andrew Coffey

Looking for information about the Coffeys from the Nire valley in Waterford. It’s not far from Clonmel in Tipperary. My Great Grandfather Thaddeus Coffey may have came from this area before settling in Clonmel were he ran a dairy and public house. He married Catherine (Kate) Connors and they had 10 children. I seem to have hit a brick wall regarding his birth details. Any help would be appreciated.


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