Among the clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons
were the first to use the name Haffie. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Debshithe,
which means the black man of peace.
Early Origins of the Haffie family
The surname Haffie was first found in Wigtown
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, where they held a family seat
from very early times. This distinguished Clan
was originally known as the Clan
MacKilhaffy and held a family seat at Craig Caffe in the parish of Inch.
Early History of the Haffie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haffie research.Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1320 and 1540 are included under the topic Early Haffie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Haffie Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations
in a single document. Haffie has been spelled Mahaffy, Mehaffy, MacHaffie, Mahaffie, McHaffie, MacHaffy, McHaffy, MacGilhaffie, McGilhaffie, MacGilhaffy, McGilhaffy, MacKilhaffy, McKilhaffy, MacKilhaffie, McKilhaffie, MacIlhaffie, McIlhaffie, MacIlhaffy, McIlhaffy, MacCaffee, McCaffee, MacCaffie, McCaffie, McCaffy, MacCaffy, Milhaffie, Milhaffy, Mahalfie, Mahalfy and many more.
Early Notables of the Haffie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Haffie family to Ireland
Some of the Haffie family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 232 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Haffie family to the New World and Oceana
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them: Martin and Martha Mahaffy and their daughter Mary who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767; Mary Mahaffy arrived in New York state in 1847.