islands and Western coastal mountains of Scotland
were once part of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada. The name Phie was born there, as 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.
Early Origins of the Phie family
The surname Phie 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.
Early History of the Phie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phie research.Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1838 is included under the topic Early Phie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Phie Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations
of Phie include MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Phie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Phie family to Ireland
Some of the Phie 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.
Migration of the Phie family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Phie or a variant listed above: James MacFee who settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; John MacFee settled in Boston in 1766; George, John and William MacFee settled in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1840.
The Phie 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.