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Fyfe Surname History



The annals of Scottish history reveal that Fyfe was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Fyfe family lived in the county of Fife. The surname Fyfe belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. As a general rule, the greater the distance between individuals and their homelands, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, people who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.


Early Origins of the Fyfe family


The surname Fyfe was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Fyfe family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fyfe research.
Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1436, 1447, 1453, 1454, 1462, and 1464 are included under the topic Early Fyfe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fyfe Spelling Variations


Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Fyfe has been spelled Fyfe, Fife, Fyffe, Phyfe, Phyffe and others.

Early Notables of the Fyfe family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Fyfe family to Ireland


Some of the Fyfe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Fyfe family to the New World and Oceana


In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Fyfe:

Fyfe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Fyfe, who arrived in Virginia in 1729 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Fyfe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Fyfe, who settled in New York State in 1820
  • Robert Fyfe, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Fyfe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Fyfe, a coppersmith, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Fyfe, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  • James Fyfe, aged 28, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1852.shtml
  • Thomas Fyfe, aged 27, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1852.shtml
  • Thomas Fyfe, aged 25, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1852.shtml
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fyfe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Fyfe, who landed in Kaikoura, New Zealand in 1842
  • Miss Margaret Fyfe, (b. 1837), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. Thomas Fyfe, (b. 1838), aged 24, British mechanic travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. David Fyfe, (b. 1837), aged 24, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1862 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Miss Lillias Fyfe, (b. 1840), aged 26, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "John Temperley" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st June 1866 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fyfe (post 1700)


  • Lucius Columbus "Lee" Fyfe (1879-1942), American professional baseball umpire
  • James J. Fyfe (1942-2005), American criminologist
  • Christopher Fyfe (1920-2008), Scottish historian most noted for his work on Sierra Leone
  • Andrew Fyfe the Elder (1754-1824), Scottish anatomist
  • Andrew Fyfe the Younger (1792-1861), Scottish surgeon and chemist
  • Graham Fyfe (b. 1982), Scottish professional football player
  • Graham Fyfe (b. 1951), Scottish former professional football player
  • Maria Fyfe (b. 1938), Scottish politician
  • Robert Fyfe (b. 1925), Scottish-born actor
  • Sir William Hamilton Fyfe (1878-1965), English-born, Canadian classics scholar, educator, 10th Principal of Queen's University, Ontario (1930 to 1936)
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Fyfe family



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Alexander Thompson Fyfe B.E.F (1895-1917), Canadian stationed in the Armouries as Private Black Watch Regiment from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Jeanie Fyfe, American 2nd Class passenger from Holyoke, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

See Also



Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1852.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  6. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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