Maufe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Maufe family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in a place called Mar, which was in the county of Aberdeen. It may come from the Old Norse word marr, which was an extremely rare word, that was usually associated with the sea, but sometimes referred to a marsh or a fen. In this sense, Maufe would be a habitational name.

Early Origins of the Maufe family

The surname Maufe was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Maufe family

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Maufe Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Maufe has been spelled Marr, Mar, Marre, Mare and others.

Early Notables of the Maufe family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Maufe family

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Maufe: Alexander Marr who settled in Maryland in 1747; Christopher Marr settled in Virginia in 1715; James Marr settled in Virginia in 1774; George, Jacob, John, Peter and Thomas Marr arrived in Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1870.

Contemporary Notables of the name Maufe (post 1700)

  • Thomas Harold Broadbent Maufe VC (1898-1942), English recipient of the Victoria Cross for his actions on 4 June 1917 at Feuchy, France
  • Sir Edward Brantwood Maufe RA, FRIBA (1882-1974), English architect and designer, best known for his designs of the Guildford Cathedral and the Air Forces Memorial, recipient of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture in 1944
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