Mehaffy—This name is one of the numerous anglicised forms of the Scottish sept name Mac Dhuibh-shithe who were located in Colonsay for generations up to the beginning of the Seventeenth Century, when the clan was scattered, many passing over into Ulster. The name is variously anglicised, namely: Mac Duffie, Duffie, McAfee, McFee, McPhee, McPhie McFie, M'Haffie, M'Haffy, M'Covvie, M'Covie, M'Guffie, M'Guffog, McAffer, and M'Caffer; the four latter forms being found in Galloway. The most of the forms given are found in Ulster, and considering the number of the sept, we find under the various forms, it must number a large sept.
Alphabetical Index of Surnames
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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