The annals of Scottish history reveal that Fifay was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
. The Fifay family lived in the barony of Fyvie in the county of Aberdeen. The surname Fifay belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Fifay family
The surname Fifay was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from very early times, some say long before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D. Fyvie is a village on the River Ytham, and the castle is one of the great tower houses of north eastern Scotland.
Early History of the Fifay family
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Fifay Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations
are common among Scottish names. Fifay has been spelled Fivie, Fyvie, Fyvey, Fivey, Five, Fyve, Fify and many more.
Early Notables of the Fifay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fifay family to the New World and Oceana
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence
. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan
societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Fifay: David Fivey who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1798.