Guffey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Originally, Guffey was 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.

Early Origins of the Guffey family

The surname Guffey 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.

Important Dates for the Guffey family

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Guffey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Guffey has appeared in various documents spelled MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the Guffey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Guffey family to Ireland

Some of the Guffey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Guffey family

Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Guffey, or a variant listed above: James MacFee who settled in New Hampshire in 1718; John MacFee settled in Boston in 1766; George, John and William MacFee settled in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1840.

Contemporary Notables of the name Guffey (post 1700)

  • J. Roger Guffey (1929-2009), American President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 1976 to 1991
  • Michael Guffey, American professional skateboarder
  • Cary Guffey (b. 1972), American child actor who at the age of three made his cinematic debut in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  • Joseph Frank "Joe" Guffey (1870-1959), American business executive and Democratic Party politician, United States Senator from Pennsylvania (1935-1947), co-eponym of the Guffey-Snyder Act, also known as the Guffey Coal Act
  • Burnett Guffey (1905-1983), American two-time Academy Award winning cinematographer for the films From Here to Eternity (1953) and Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • William F. Guffey, American politician, Mayor of Webster Groves, Missouri, 1955-57 [1]
  • Wesley S. Guffey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1900, 1908 [1]
  • Pauletta Guffey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928 [1]
  • Joseph F. Guffey (1875-1959), American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Pennsylvania, 1920-36; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1935-47; Defeated, 1946 [1]
  • Ernest Guffey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1960 [1]
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