The ancestors of the Mehaffey family lived among the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Their name is derived from the Gaelic personal name Debshithe,
which means the black man of peace.
Early Origins of the Mehaffey family
The surname Mehaffey 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 Mehaffey family
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Mehaffey Spelling Variations
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred
years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Mehaffey has appeared as 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 Mehaffey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mehaffey family to Ireland
Some of the Mehaffey family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Mehaffey family to the New World and Oceana
As the persecution of Clan
families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence
allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:
Mehaffey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Minnie Mehaffey, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Derry, in 1893
- Samuel Mehaffey, aged 16, who landed in America from Derry, in 1893
- Martin R. Mehaffey, aged 72, who landed in America, in 1896
- William G. Mehaffey, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Newry, in 1899
Mehaffey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Joseph Mehaffey, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Banbudge, Ireland, in 1907
- Elizabeth Mehaffey, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Newtonstewart, Ireland, in 1912
- Eduarda Mehaffey, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1914
- Charlie Mehaffey, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1921
- Herbert Mehaffey, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Mehaffey (post 1700)
- Major-General Joseph Cowles Mehaffey (1889-1963), American Major General in the United States Army, Governor of the Panama Canal (1944-1948) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Joseph Mehaffey. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Mehaffey/Joseph_Cowles/USA.html
- Blanche Mehaffey (1908-1968), American showgirl and film actress from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ziegfeld Follies dancer
- Lindsay Mehaffey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1860 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- The Rt Rev James Mehaffey (b. 1931), Irish prelate, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe (1980-2002)
- ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Joseph Mehaffey. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Mehaffey/Joseph_Cowles/USA.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html