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FIFE Family History

The name derives from the Lands of Fife in Scotland, and means 'A former inhabitant of that place'. A fife was an ancient wind instrument which maybe the origin of the name i.e. a windy place. In the modern idiom the name has four spelling variations Fyfe,Fife, Fyffe and Phyfe. The surname became Feif and Pfeiff in Sweden where several of the name became prominent. An interesting namebearer was Sir John Fife (1795 - 1871), army assistant surgeon at Woolwich, helped to found Newcastle School of Medicine, 1834.

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