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The ancient Scottish name McGaffin is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a metalworker. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Ghobhainn, which means son of the smith.

McGaffin Early Origins



The surname McGaffin was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where the name is from the Gaelic 'Govha' meaning 'a blacksmith' and as such could have been a name that applied to people throughout Scotland. However, as in the case of clans like the Fletchers or Clarks, eventually the name became attributed to a specific area or region. As such, The Clan was also located in Nithsfield in the 12th century, and recorded as a Border Clan. To the west in Elgin and Galloway they were known as the MacGavins.

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McGaffin Spelling Variations


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McGaffin Spelling Variations



Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. McGaffin has appeared MacGowan, McGowan, MacGowin, McGowin, MacGowen, McGowen, Gow, Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, MacGavin, McGavin and many more.

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McGaffin Early History


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McGaffin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGaffin research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1613, 1698 and 1725 are included under the topic Early McGaffin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGaffin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGaffin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGaffin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGaffin In Ireland


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McGaffin In Ireland



Some of the McGaffin 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGaffin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John McGaffin, aged 38, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • John McGaffin, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Catherine McGaffin, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Cecilia McGaffin, aged 16, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGaffin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGaffin (post 1700)



  • Keely McGaffin, American director, known for her work on Last Call at Murray's (2015), Our Father (2014) and Carbon Dating (2015)

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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: Juncta arma decori
Motto Translation: Arms united to merit.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    11. ...

    The McGaffin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGaffin 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 18 November 2015 at 08:43.

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