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Multiple Origins for the Surname McDuffie


Scottish


The rugged western mountains of Scotland's coastline and the Hebrides islands were home to the ancestors of the McDuffie family. McDuffie was originally a name 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.

McDuffie Early Origins



The surname McDuffie 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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McDuffie Spelling Variations


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McDuffie Spelling Variations



Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McDuffie has been spelled MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.

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McDuffie Early History


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McDuffie Early History



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

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McDuffie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McDuffie Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McDuffie In Ireland


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McDuffie In Ireland



Some of the McDuffie 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 hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McDuffie arrived in North America very early:

McDuffie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna McDuffie, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Anne McDuffie, who landed in New York, NY in 1738
  • Dudly McDuffie, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Malcolm McDuffie, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Malcom McDuffie, who landed in New York in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McDuffie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Neil McDuffie, aged 33, arrived in North Carolina in 1812

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Contemporary Notables of the name McDuffie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McDuffie (post 1700)



  • Chris McDuffie, American musician
  • Robert McDuffie, internationally renowned American violinist
  • Otis James McDuffie (b. 1969), former American Football player
  • George McDuffie (1790-1851), American politician, 55th Governor of South Carolina and a member of the United States Senate
  • John Delphus McDuffie (1938-1991), American NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) driver
  • Dwayne Glenn McDuffie (1962-2011), American writer of comic books and television

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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    9. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    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 McDuffie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDuffie 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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