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Recorded as Heaphy, Heaffey, Heephy, and possibly others, this is an Irish surname. It derives from the pre 10th century Gaelic O' hEamhthaigh, meaning the male descendant of the follower of the patron saint. This is from the prefix O', meaning male descendant of, and "hEamhth" , the patron, a reference probably to the 8th century patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick. Traditionally, Irish family names are taken from the heads of tribes, and are usually prefixed by O', as above, or Mac, denoting "son of".

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Charles Heaphy, born around 1814 in Limerick or Tipperary, to John and Mary Heaphy. Charles migrated to Australia with his wife, Mary Keating, and their children, in the 1850s and died in Australia in 1877. The children of Charles and Mary changed their name to Heffey when they were adults - this is my mother's maiden name. I'm keen to see if any of the original Heaphy family are still in Ireland.


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