The name McHaffey was first used by the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Strathclyde Britons
. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Debshithe,
which means the black man of peace.
Early Origins of the McHaffey family
The surname McHaffey was first found in Wigtown
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, where they held a family seat
from very early times. This distinguished Clan
was originally known as the Clan
MacKilhaffy and held a family seat at Craig Caffe in the parish of Inch.
Early History of the McHaffey family
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McHaffey Spelling Variations
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred
years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations
in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. McHaffey has been spelled Mahaffy, Mehaffy, MacHaffie, Mahaffie, McHaffie, MacHaffy, McHaffy, MacGilhaffie, McGilhaffie, MacGilhaffy, McGilhaffy, MacKilhaffy, McKilhaffy, MacKilhaffie, McKilhaffie, MacIlhaffie, McIlhaffie, MacIlhaffy, McIlhaffy, MacCaffee, McCaffee, MacCaffie, McCaffie, McCaffy, MacCaffy, Milhaffie, Milhaffy, Mahalfie, Mahalfy and many more.
Early Notables of the McHaffey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McHaffey family to Ireland
Some of the McHaffey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 232 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McHaffey family to the New World and Oceana
For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: Martin and Martha Mahaffy and their daughter Mary who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767; Mary Mahaffy arrived in New York state in 1847.