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Scotland's coastal mountains and Hebrides islands were known in ancient times as the kingdom of Dalriada. The name Phee evolved there as a 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.

Phee Early Origins



The surname Phee 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.

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Phee Early History


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Phee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phee research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1838 is included under the topic Early Phee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Phee Spelling Variations


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Phee Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Phee has been spelled MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.

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Phee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Phee Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Phee In Ireland


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Phee In Ireland



Some of the Phee 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.

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The Great Migration



Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Phee were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Phee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bessie Ann Phee, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Silvia" from Halifax, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFZY-3XQ : 6 December 2014), Bessie Ann Phee, 05 Jul 1906; citing departure port Halifax, arrival port New York, ship name Silvia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Thomas Phee, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Fort Victoria" from Hamilton, Bermuda [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN3J-Z4H : 6 December 2014), Thomas Phee, 26 Jan 1922; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Fort Victoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Sarah Phee, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Fort Victoria" from Hamilton, Bermuda [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN3J-Z4C : 6 December 2014), Sarah Phee, 26 Jan 1922; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Fort Victoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Phee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Phee (post 1700)



  • Mary Catherine "Molly" Phee, American diplomat, United States Ambassador to South Sudan (2015-)

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Motto


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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.


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