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The story of the Fyfe family begins in ancient Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Fyfe family lived in the county of Fife. The surname Fyfe 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.

Fyfe Early Origins



The surname Fyfe 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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Fyfe Spelling Variations


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Fyfe Spelling Variations



Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Fyfe has appeared Fyfe, Fife, Fyffe, Phyfe, Phyffe and others.

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Fyfe Early History


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Fyfe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fyfe 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 Fyfe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fyfe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fyfe Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Fyfe In Ireland


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Fyfe In Ireland



Some of the Fyfe 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



Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Fyfe name:

Fyfe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Fyfe, who arrived in Virginia in 1729

Fyfe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Fyfe settled in New York State in 1820
  • Robert Fyfe, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Fyfe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Fyfe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Fyfe landed in Kaikoura, New Zealand in 1842
  • John Fyfe, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Thomas Fyfe, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
  • Agnes Fyfe, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
  • Alexander Fyfe, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fyfe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fyfe (post 1700)



  • Lucius Columbus "Lee" Fyfe (1879-1942), American professional baseball umpire
  • James J. Fyfe (1942-2005), American criminologist
  • Christopher Fyfe (1920-2008), Scottish historian most noted for his work on Sierra Leone
  • Andrew Fyfe the Elder (1754-1824), Scottish anatomist
  • Andrew Fyfe the Younger (1792-1861), Scottish surgeon and chemist
  • Graham Fyfe (b. 1982), Scottish professional football player
  • Graham Fyfe (b. 1951), Scottish former professional football player
  • Maria Fyfe (b. 1938), Scottish politician
  • Robert Fyfe (b. 1925), Scottish-born actor
  • Sir William Hamilton Fyfe (1878-1965), English-born, Canadian classics scholar, educator, 10th Principal of Queen's University, Ontario (1930 to 1936)
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fyfe Historic Events


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Fyfe Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Jeanie Fyfe, American 2nd Class passenger from Holyoke, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. 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.
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    11. ...

    The Fyfe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fyfe 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 26 November 2016 at 22:43.

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