Coffee (Coffey, Coffy) Families Identified in the Bradford, Yorkshire, England Census Records, Possible Origins in Ireland and Links Between the Census Years

The Surnames Coffee, Coffy and Coffey are less prevalent than surnames Brennan, Corcoran and Gahagan in this area of Yorkshire, but still appear to be scattered throughout the different districts of the Bradford, Yorkshire, England Census Records. Of those that are noted, most are documented as being born in Ireland. Some of the later census years begin giving counties of birth. It is my objective in this section to analyze the various Coffee (and other Variations) Families found in the Bradford Civil Parish, Yorkshire England Census records between 1841 and 1911 to look for possible origins and connections between the lines. Bradford is only 24 kilometers from Hudderfield where my second great grandparents were married in 1849. This is a work in progress and will be added to as I work my way through the census. My intention is to try to identify migration trails from Ireland.

When the 1851 England Census was conducted there were 4 subregistration districts in Bradford, Yorkshire: Bowling, Bradford East, Bradford West and Keighly. Due to time constraints and the large concentration of Irish who migrated to this area of Yorkshire, my focus will be strictly on my four surnames: Corcoran, Brennan, Coffee and Gahagan and all variations of those names. I have already noted one page where 3 of my GGP's names Brenan, Corcoran and Gohagan were next door neighbors on Mill Street in Bradford West End District 14. I have identified clear migration trails from the border area of County Mayo and County Roscommon, Ireland to both Huddersfield and Leeds, Yorkshire and feel that Bradford may follow suit with more of the same. It remains to be seen. After an analysis of the Bradford West End Census records from 1841-1881, I have only identified a few Coffee families (or similar variants). They are listed in the links in the table below.

I would love to hear from anyone who is a descendent of the Bradford Coffee's or other Towns in this part of Yorkshire so that we can share information and try to link our family lines.

1841     Bradford West End Sub Reg District (None)  
1851 Bowling Sub Registration District Bradford East End Sub Registration District (NONE) Bradford West End Sub Registration District Keighly Sub Registration District
1861     Bradford West End Sub Registration District (None)  
1871     Bradford West End Sub Registration District (None)  
1881     Bradford West End Sub Registration District