The western seacoast of Scotland
and the rugged Hebrides
islands made up the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada, the ancestral home of the Phay family. Phay is a name 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 Phay family
The surname Phay 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 Phay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phay research.Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1838 is included under the topic Early Phay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Phay Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Phay include many spelling variations
. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Phay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Phay family to Ireland
Some of the Phay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 187 words (13 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 Phay family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Phays to arrive in North America: James MacFee who settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; John MacFee settled in Boston in 1766; George, John and William MacFee settled in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1840.
The Phay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pro Rege
Motto Translation: For the King.