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The rugged western mountains of Scotland's coastline and the Hebrides islands were home to the ancestors of the McGuffie family. McGuffie 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.

McGuffie Early Origins



The surname McGuffie 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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McGuffie Spelling Variations


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McGuffie 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. McGuffie has been spelled MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.

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McGuffie Early History


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McGuffie Early History



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

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McGuffie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGuffie Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McGuffie In Ireland


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McGuffie In Ireland



Some of the McGuffie 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 McGuffie arrived in North America very early:

McGuffie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A McGuffie, aged 29, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Anthony McGuffie, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • John McGuffie, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • James McGuffie, aged 19, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1893
  • Miss Sophie McGuffie, aged 16, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGuffie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Daugal McGuffie, aged 27, who arrived in America from Barbados, in 1901
  • Alex McGuffie, aged 23, who arrived in America from Lockwumoch, Scotland, in 1908
  • Walter McGuffie, aged 20, who arrived in America from Shettleston, Scotland, in 1911
  • Clara McGuffie, aged 16, who arrived in America from Gonaives, Haiti, in 1914
  • William McGuffie, aged 62, who arrived in America, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGuffie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James McGuffie, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGuffie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGuffie (post 1700)



  • Samuel Terrence McGuffie (b. 1989), American college football wide receiver
  • Louis McGuffie VC (1893-1918), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Ryan McGuffie (b. 1980), Scottish professional association footballer
  • Bill McGuffie (1927-1987), British Ivor Novello Award winning pianist, film composer and conductor who toured with Benny Goodman on his European tours

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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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. 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.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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    The McGuffie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGuffie 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 28 October 2014 at 20:57.

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