The Irish surname Colfer is derived from the Gaelic surname Coilféir which is of uncertain origin. The name is predominantly found in counties Wexford and Waterford in the southeast of Ireland.The name Colfer has long been associated with the barony of Forth in Wexford. In the census of 1847 in Ireland, of 94 households named Colfer in the entire country 89 were in county Wexford. A notable bearer of the name is Eoin Colfer the Irish author.
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