The chronicles of the Mahaffie family indicate that the name was first used by the Strathclyde Britons
of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Mahaffie is derived from the Gaelic personal name Debshithe,
which means the black man of peace.
Early Origins of the Mahaffie family
The surname Mahaffie 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.
Early History of the Mahaffie family
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Mahaffie Spelling Variations
The many spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Mahaffie has been spelled 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.
Early Notables of the Mahaffie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mahaffie family to Ireland
Some of the Mahaffie 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.
Migration of the Mahaffie family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland
, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan
organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: Martin and Martha Mahaffy and their daughter Mary who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767; Mary Mahaffy arrived in New York state in 1847.