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The western seacoast of Scotland and the rugged Hebrides islands made up the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada, the ancestral home of the McFee family. McFee is 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.

McFee Early Origins



The surname McFee 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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McFee Spelling Variations


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McFee Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name McFee include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.

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McFee Early History


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McFee Early History



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

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McFee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McFee Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McFee In Ireland


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McFee In Ireland



Some of the McFee 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



Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McFees to arrive in North America:

McFee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald McFee, aged 29, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
  • Mary McFee, who arrived in New York in 1775

McFee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh McFee, aged 28, landed in Delaware in 1812

McFee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William McFee arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm
  • Donald McFee, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Catherine McFee, aged 29, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McFee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McFee (post 1700)



  • Shane McFee (b. 1978), American guitarist of the American heavy metal band Backmask
  • John McFee (b. 1950), American singer, songwriter, longtime member of the Doobie Brothers
  • Henry Lee McFee (1886-1953), American cubist painter
  • Shirley M. McFee (b. 1929), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1972; Member of University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1991-
  • Robert D. McFee, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 9th District, 1960; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1969
  • Bruce McFee (b. 1961), Scottish politician
  • Oonah McFee (1916-2006), née Browne, Canadian novelist, winner of the Books in Canada First Novel Award (1977)
  • Allan McFee (1913-2000), Canadian announcer for the CBC
  • William McFee (1881-1966), English writer of sea stories

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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



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The McFee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McFee 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.

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