McHaffie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the McHaffie family stretch back to the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands, who were the first to use this surname. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Debshithe, which means the black man of peace.

Early Origins of the McHaffie family

The surname McHaffie 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.

Important Dates for the McHaffie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McHaffie research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1320 and 1540 are included under the topic Early McHaffie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McHaffie 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. McHaffie 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 McHaffie family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McHaffie family to Ireland

Some of the McHaffie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McHaffie migration to the United States

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:

McHaffie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isabel McHaffie, aged 27, originally from Glasgow, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "State of Nebraska" from Glasgow, Scotland [1]
  • Madgie McHaffie, aged 5, originally from Glasgow, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "State of Nebraska" from Glasgow, Scotland [2]
McHaffie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary McHaffie, aged 19, originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "California" from Glasgow, Scotland [3]
  • John F. McHaffie, aged 23, originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Jane G. McHaffie, aged 28, originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [5]
  • George Mc Haffie, aged 36, originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Reliance" from New York [6]

McHaffie migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McHaffie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James McHaffie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Symmetry" in 1848 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name McHaffie (post 1700)

  • James McHaffie, American politician, Postmaster at Westminster, Maryland, 1809-17 [8]
  • James McHaffie (1910-1994), Scottish-born, New Zealand cricketer who played for Otago

Historic Events for the McHaffie family

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Edward Hunter McHaffie (1902-1941), Australian Painter 1st Class from Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]

Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6YK-FWB : 6 December 2014), Isabel McHaffie, 23 Dec 1893; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name State of Nebraska, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6YK-FW1 : 6 December 2014), Madgie McHaffie, 23 Dec 1893; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name State of Nebraska, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNYQ-QPF : 6 December 2014), Mary McHaffie, 02 Jun 1913; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name California, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QS-J2V : 6 December 2014), John F. McHaffie, 19 Dec 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNHQ-V61 : 6 December 2014), Jane G. McHaffie, 25 Aug 1924; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNZD-NXQ : 6 December 2014), George Mc Haffie, 02 Feb 1924; citing departure port New York, arrival port New York, ship name Reliance, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SYMMETRY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Symmetry.gif
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
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