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The ancient Strathclyde Briton name Mehaffey is derived from the Gaelic personal name Debshithe, which means the black man of peace.

Mehaffey Early Origins



The surname Mehaffey 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.

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Mehaffey Spelling Variations


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Mehaffey Spelling Variations



Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Mehaffey 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.

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Mehaffey Early History


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Mehaffey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mehaffey research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1320 and 1540 are included under the topic Early Mehaffey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mehaffey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mehaffey Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Mehaffey In Ireland


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Mehaffey In Ireland



Some of the Mehaffey 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Mehaffey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Minnie Mehaffey, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Derry, in 1893
  • Samuel Mehaffey, aged 16, who landed in America from Derry, in 1893
  • Martin R. Mehaffey, aged 72, who landed in America, in 1896
  • William G. Mehaffey, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Newry, in 1899

Mehaffey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Mehaffey, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Banbudge, Ireland, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Mehaffey, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Newtonstewart, Ireland, in 1912
  • Eduarda Mehaffey, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Charlie Mehaffey, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1921
  • Herbert Mehaffey, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mehaffey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mehaffey (post 1700)



  • Major-General Joseph Cowles Mehaffey (1889-1963), American Governor of the Panama Canal (1944-1948)
  • Joseph Cowles Mehaffey (1889-1963), American Governor of the Panama Canal Zone (1944 to 1948)
  • Blanche Mehaffey (1908-1968), American showgirl and film actress, Ziegfeld Follies dancer
  • Lindsay Mehaffey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1860
  • The Rt Rev James Mehaffey (b. 1931), Irish Bishop of Derry and Raphoe

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    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    4. 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.
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    7. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    8. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Mehaffey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mehaffey 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 14 January 2016 at 09:40.

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