From Irish Names and Surnames 1923
Mac EACHMHARCAIGH—IV—M'Cafferchie, M'Cafferkie, MacCaffarky, MacCagherty, MacCaugherty, MacCafferty, MacCaverty, MacCaharty, MacCaherty, (MacCarthy, MacCaffry), Cafferky, Cafferty; 'son of Eachmharcach' (horse-rider); a Donegal surname, now also common in Mayo, but often disguised under the anglicised form of MacCaffry. The local pronunciation is sometimes Ó Ceafarcaigh. The family is probably a branch of the O'Dohertys, among whom Eachmharcach was a personal name.
Alphabetical Index to Irish Surnames
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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