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Calef Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Calef Calfe Calfee
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How to Participate

Please contact the Study's coordinator Heather Wood or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other Calef researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Surname Variants

Most of the Calefs in the United States are descended from Robert Calef, who was a well-known opponent of the Salem Witch Trials and may have been the first to use the Calef surname variant. His father and grandfather, who lived in England, reportedly spelled their family name Calfe or Calfee. Further research is needed to confirm precisely when these variants arose.

There are also several surname variants found among the descendents of Robert Calef. As these spellings are confirmed with original sources, they may be added to this project.

These surnames are currently included in this one name project:

  • Calef
  • Calfee
  • Calfe

Task List

  • Connect all Calef profiles to the world tree
    • Research and add profiles for spouses and children
  • Clean and verify Calef profiles
    • Add original sources
    • Update facts and mark "certain" when supported by original sources
    • Write biographies
    • Add categories as appropriate (for example: location categories, cemetery categories, occupation categories)
  • Research surname variants and build out family tree


Family Genealogies

Interesting Links

ONS Categories & Stickers

  • ONS category: [[Category:Calef Name Study]]
  • ONS sticker: {{One Name Study|name=Calef}}
  • ONS Members sticker: {{Member|ONS|name=Calef}}

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I have found the following very interesting and helpful: https://www.tngenweb.org/cocke/calfeetree.htm

Maybe it will help other Calfees from TN and VA

posted by Barbara Calfee