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The Fyffe family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. It is a name for someone who lived in the county of Fife. The surname Fyffe 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.

Fyffe Early Origins



The surname Fyffe 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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Fyffe Spelling Variations


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Fyffe Spelling Variations



Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Fyffe has been spelled Fyfe, Fife, Fyffe, Phyfe, Phyffe and others.

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Fyffe Early History


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Fyffe Early History



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

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Fyffe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fyffe Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Fyffe In Ireland


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Fyffe In Ireland



Some of the Fyffe 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



The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Fyffe:

Fyffe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rachel Fyffe settled in Georgia in 1734
  • James Fyffe, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737
  • William Fyffe, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737
  • Gilbert Fyffe, who landed in Georgia in 1741
  • Alexander Fyffe, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1755
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fyffe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fyffe (post 1700)



  • James William "Jim" Fyffe (1945-2003), American sportscaster and radio talk-show host, best known as the announcer for Auburn Tigers football and basketball
  • Will Fyffe (1885-1947), Scottish singer, stage and screen actor
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Alan Fyffe KBE CB DSO MC (1912-1972), Deputy Chief of Defence Staff for the United Kingdom
  • William Samuel Fyffe (b. 1914), unionist politician in Northern Ireland
  • The Rt Rev Rollestone Sterritt Fyffe DD (1868-1964), fourth Bishop of Rangoon
  • Nick Fyffe (b. 1972), English bassist

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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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    11. ...

    The Fyffe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fyffe 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 17 March 2016 at 02:08.

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