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In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the name McAffee lived in the Kingdom of Dalriada. In those days the name McAffee was used to indicate a person who 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.

McAffee Early Origins



The surname McAffee 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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McAffee Spelling Variations


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McAffee Spelling Variations



The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McAffee has appeared as MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.

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McAffee Early History


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McAffee Early History



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

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McAffee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McAffee Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McAffee In Ireland


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McAffee In Ireland



Some of the McAffee 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



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McAffee or a variant listed above include:

McAffee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gilbert McAffee, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Patrick McAffee, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1829
  • James McAffee, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1832
  • Archibald McAffee, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • James McAffee, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McAffee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • McAffee, aged 39, who settled in America from Paris, in 1905
  • E. M. McAffee, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905

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Contemporary Notables of the name McAffee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McAffee (post 1700)



  • Thomas B. McAffee, American William S. Boyd Professor of Law
  • James McAffee, American hunter, tradesman, and surveyor who explored Kentucky in the last decades of the 18th century
  • Edward McAffee, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1928
  • Charles B. McAffee, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 6th District, 1872

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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. 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.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    11. ...

    The McAffee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McAffee 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 15 November 2016 at 22:24.

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