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An ancient Pictish-Scottish family was the first to use the name Fife. It is a name for someone who lived in the county of Fife. The surname Fife belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. As a general rule, the greater the distance between individuals and their homelands, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, people who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Fife Early Origins



The surname Fife was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Fife Spelling Variations


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Fife Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Fife include Fyfe, Fife, Fyffe, Phyfe, Phyffe and others.

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Fife Early History


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Fife Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fife research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1436, 1447, 1453, 1454, 1462, and 1464 are included under the topic Early Fife History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fife Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fife Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fife Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fife In Ireland


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Fife In Ireland



Some of the Fife family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 86 words (6 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


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The Great Migration



Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North Ameri ca. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Fife:

Fife Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Fife, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • John Fife, who landed in New England in 1738
  • John Fife who settled in Maryland in 1739
  • Alexander Fife settled in Jamaica in 1774
  • James Fife settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fife Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert B Fife, who landed in America in 1810
  • James Fife, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Thomas Fife, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • Mary Fife, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • William Fife, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fife Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Fife, aged 38, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson"
  • Thomas Fife, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"
  • Thomas Fife, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"

Fife Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Fife, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • John G. Fife, aged 19, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Agnes Fife, aged 16, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Anna Fife, aged 16, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fife (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fife (post 1700)



  • Fred J. Fife III, American politician and engineer, Member of the Utah Senate (2004-2008)
  • Colonel William Paul "Bill" Fife USAF (1917-2008), United States Air Force officer, considered the "Father of Airborne Intercept"
  • William Nicol Fife (1831-1915), American architect, bets known for his design of the original Ogden Pioneer Tabernacle
  • Stephen J. Fife (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played on July 17, 2012 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Randy Fife, American stunt man, known for his work on RoboCop (1987), Wayne's World (1992) and Arlington Road (1999)
  • John Fife, American human rights activist and retired Presbyterian minister, Moderator of the 204th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (1992-1993)
  • Danny Wayne Fife (b. 1949), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Minnesota Twins in 1973 and 1974, father of Dane Fife
  • Austin E. and Alta S. Fife, American pioneering Utah folklorists, eponym of the Fife Folklore Archives, the Fife Folklore Conference, and the Fife Honor Lecture at the Utah State University
  • Jason Fife (b. 1981), American former football quarterback who played from 2004 to 2008
  • Maxine Fife (1925-2008), American actress
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Fife


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Suggested Readings for the name Fife



  • Descendants of John and William Fife, Fifeshire, Scotland, Upper St. Calir, Penna., 1721-1890 John V. Murphy.
  • Fife Family: Isaac Wade and Nancy's Children and Allied Families by Clara Adrienne Sisk Wilson.

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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: Virtute et opera
Motto Translation: By virtue and energy.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    6. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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    The Fife Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fife Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 28 July 2016 at 12:01.

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