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The ancestors of the Mahaffey family lived among the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Their name is derived from the Gaelic personal name Debshithe, which means the black man of peace.

Mahaffey Early Origins



The surname Mahaffey was first found in Wigtown (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, where they held a family seat from very early times. This distinguished Clan was originally known as the Clan MacKilhaffy and held a family seat at Craig Caffe in the parish of Inch.

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Mahaffey Spelling Variations


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Mahaffey Spelling Variations



The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Mahaffey has appeared as Mahaffy, Mehaffy, MacHaffie, Mahaffie, McHaffie, MacHaffy, McHaffy, MacGilhaffie, McGilhaffie, MacGilhaffy, McGilhaffy, MacKilhaffy, McKilhaffy, MacKilhaffie, McKilhaffie, MacIlhaffie, McIlhaffie, MacIlhaffy, McIlhaffy, MacCaffee, McCaffee, MacCaffie, McCaffie, McCaffy, MacCaffy, Milhaffie, Milhaffy, Mahalfie, Mahalfy and many more.

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Mahaffey Early History


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Mahaffey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mahaffey research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1320 and 1540 are included under the topic Early Mahaffey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mahaffey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mahaffey Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Mahaffey In Ireland


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Mahaffey In Ireland



Some of the Mahaffey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 232 words (17 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



As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Mahaffey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Mahaffey, who arrived in America in 1796

Mahaffey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Mahaffey, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1821
  • Robert Mahaffey, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1821
  • John Mahaffey landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • George Mahaffey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864
  • Wade Mahaffey, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mahaffey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • M. Mahaffey, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Nelly Mahaffey, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1908
  • L.T. Mahaffey, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • W.T. Mahaffey, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Margaret Mahaffey, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mahaffey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mahaffey (post 1700)



  • Valerie Mahaffey (b. 1953), Indonesian-born, American actress who won an Emmy Award for her work on Northern Exposure
  • Randolph Mahaffey (b. 1945), American former professional ABA basketball player
  • Mike Mahaffey (1967-2005), American musician
  • Matt Mahaffey (b. 1973), American musician
  • John Drayton Mahaffey Jr. (b. 1948), American PGA professional golfer
  • Arthur "Art" Mahaffey (b. 1938), American Major League Baseball player
  • Maryann Mahaffey (1925-2006), former Member of the Detroit City Council
  • Fred Keith Mahaffey (1934-1986), United States Army General, Commander in Chief, United States Readiness Command (1985 to 1986)

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Suggested Readings for the name Mahaffey


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Suggested Readings for the name Mahaffey



  • Arthur Ellison of Adams County, Ohio and some of his Descendants and Relatives by Floyd Vernon Ellison.
  • Mahaffey Descendants by Estelle Kinports Davis.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    11. ...

    The Mahaffey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mahaffey 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.

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