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Mcguff Surname History



The name Mcguff is an age-old 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 Mcguff family


The surname Mcguff 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 Mcguff family


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Mcguff Spelling Variations


The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Mcguff has appeared as MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the Mcguff family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Mcguff family to Ireland


Some of the Mcguff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Mcguff 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 Mcguff or a variant listed above:

Mcguff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McGuff, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893

Mcguff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Rebecca McGuff, aged 42, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Wm. McGuff, aged 40, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Wm. McGuff, aged 39, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Annie McGuff, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Mcguff (post 1700)


  • Joseph T. McGuff (1926-2006), American journalist, author, and newspaper editor
  • Ronald M. McGuff, American founder of McGuff Company Inc., California in 1979, a medical products wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical and medical products

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