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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.
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.
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.
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
More information is included under the topic Early Mahaffey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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
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
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
- 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)
- Arthur Ellison of Adams County, Ohio and some of his Descendants and Relatives by Floyd Vernon Ellison.
- Mahaffey Descendants by Estelle Kinports Davis.
- Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- 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.
- Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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