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  1. J. Cagey

    I am trying to determine possible Irish roots of my surname, and the closest I can get to this is Caghey. Is there a connection between these two forms?

    1. kg0279 Post author

      Hi, unfortunately I can’t help very much – my use of cagey is from my initials “k-g”. It’s not a name that comes up in my family research either so I can’t say that it’s been used in the same context. Your assumption about Caghey seems reasonable, perhaps ultimately a variant with a soft “gh” of Cahey or Coffey which are all related but I think even these are anglicised to begin with.
      A quick search of the Ireland census didn’t find any of that exact spelling in 1901 but that’s perhaps not surprising if it’s an anglicisation or variant and the original is still in use. Checking Ancestry.com, most results focus around east USA, quite a lot around Philadelphia, going back to 19th century, so if you’re in the US it might have been established some time as that spelling since I didn’t see any birth references to Ireland. There are also a number of English records for the name. I’ve even come across the name “Kagi” from Germany and Switzerland. Search on family search.com would let you see the geographic use of the name and similar spellings and this might help narrow some research areas..


      Unfortunately, I can’t offer anything additional.


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