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Scotland's western coastal mountains and the desolate Hebrides spawned the line of the McGuffey family. The name McGuffey was originally 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.

McGuffey Early Origins



The surname McGuffey 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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McGuffey Spelling Variations


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McGuffey Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McGuffey has been spelled MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.

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McGuffey Early History


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McGuffey Early History



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

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McGuffey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGuffey Early Notables (pre 1700)



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McGuffey In Ireland


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McGuffey In Ireland



Some of the McGuffey 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



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North Ameri ca. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McGuffey were among those contributors:

McGuffey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A.B. McGuffey, aged 61, who landed in America, in 1896

McGuffey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • D. Margaret McGuffey, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Ann Ellen McGuffey, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1922

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGuffey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGuffey (post 1700)



  • Corte McGuffey, American former quarterback for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the XFL, awarded the Harlon Hill Trophy for Player of the Year in NCAA Division in 1999
  • William Holmes McGuffey (1800-1873), American professor, college president and author best known for writing the McGuffey Readers
  • Homer O. McGuffey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1944
  • Duane McGuffey, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 24th District, 1992

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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. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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    The McGuffey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGuffey 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 19 February 2016 at 14:45.

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