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The first family to use the name McAfee lived in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was used as 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.

McAfee Early Origins



The surname McAfee 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.

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McAfee Spelling Variations


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McAfee Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McAfee has been written as MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.

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McAfee Early History


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McAfee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAfee research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1838 is included under the topic Early McAfee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McAfee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McAfee Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McAfee In Ireland


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McAfee In Ireland



Some of the McAfee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 187 words (13 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



Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

McAfee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne McAfee, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

McAfee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Agniss McAfee, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Joseph McAfee, who landed in America in 1811
  • Robert McAfee, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Bernard McAfee, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Owen McAfee, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McAfee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McAfee, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833

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Contemporary Notables of the name McAfee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McAfee (post 1700)



  • Bill H. McAfee (1931-2015), American radio broadcaster and politician, Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives (1976-2000)
  • Leroy Magnum McAfee (1837-1873), American officer in the Confederate Army, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
  • Eric Armstrong McAfee (b. 1962), American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist, Chairman of McAfee Capital
  • Brigadier-General Larry Benjamin McAfee (1883-1950), American Assistant Surgeon-General US Army (1941-1945)
  • Alice McAfee, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1912
  • Edward McAfee, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Ingham County 1st District, 1910, 1934
  • H. B. McAfee, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1908
  • J. B. McAfee, American politician, Mayor of Topeka, Kansas, 1870-71
  • J. R. McAfee, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1868
  • Janet McAfee, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McAfee Historic Events


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McAfee Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Thomas Mcafee, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro Rege
Motto Translation: For the King.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. 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.
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. 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.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 7 December 2016 at 13:00.

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