Origin of the Name McAfee
The ancient history of the name McAfee
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name McAfee
include McFee, McFie, McDuffie, McPhee, McPhie, MacAfee, Mahaffy and McHaffy. This name in Gaelic is MacDhuibhshithe and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This is one of the oldest Gaelic names in existence, dating back as early as the year 1164. The island of Colonsay in Scotland was the home of the Clan, where a MacDuffie was hereditary keeper of the records of the Lord of the Isles. Later they spread to Lochaber and were followers of Cameron of Locheil and the Islay MacDonalds. There still remain a number of tombs of these families on Oronsay. A branch of the family moved to Ulster Province in Ireland were the variants MacAfee, Mahaffy, and McHaffy are numerous. In modern times it is in Ulster and in Scotland that this name and its variants are still mostly found.
The McAfee coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all McAfee descendants.