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Mcfee Surname History



Mcfee is an ancient Dalriadan-Scottish nickname for a dark-featured, peaceful person. The Gaelic name of the Clan is Mac Dubhshithe, which translates as black one of peace. One branch of the Clan on the island of North Uist was known as Dubh-sidh, meaning 'black fairy,' due to their whimsical association with the faerie folk.


Early Origins of the Mcfee family


The surname Mcfee was first found in on the Isle of Colonsay, where the eponymous ancestor of the Clan may be Dubhshith, also called Dubside, who was lector at the Cathedral on the sacred isle of Iona in 1164. As the name MacFee is one of the oldest of all Dalriadan surnames it appears in records as early as the reign of Alexander II, when Johannes Macdufthi was witness to a charter in Dumfriesshire. In 1296, Thomas Macdoffy swore an oath of allegiance to the king.

Early History of the Mcfee family


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Mcfee Spelling Variations


Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Mcfee has been written as MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the Mcfee family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Mcfee family to Ireland


Some of the Mcfee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Mcfee family to the New World and Oceana


Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mcfee or a variant listed above:

Mcfee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald McFee, aged 29, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774 [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)
  • Mary McFee, who arrived in New York in 1775 [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)

Mcfee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh McFee, aged 28, who landed in Delaware in 1812 [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)

Mcfee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William McFee, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm
  • Donald McFee, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Catherine McFee, aged 29, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

Contemporary Notables of the name Mcfee (post 1700)


  • Shane McFee (b. 1978), American guitarist of the American heavy metal band Backmask
  • John McFee (b. 1950), American singer, songwriter, longtime member of the Doobie Brothers
  • Henry Lee McFee (1886-1953), American cubist painter
  • Shirley M. McFee (b. 1929), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1972; Member of University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1991- [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Robert D. McFee, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 9th District, 1960; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1969 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Bruce McFee (b. 1961), Scottish politician
  • Oonah McFee (1916-2006), née Browne, Canadian novelist, winner of the Books in Canada First Novel Award (1977)
  • Allan McFee (1913-2000), Canadian announcer for the CBC
  • William McFee (1881-1966), English writer of sea stories

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) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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