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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
Where did the Scottish Duff family come from? What is the Scottish Duff family crest and coat of arms? When did the Duff family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Duff family history?The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Duff family lived. The name Duff comes from the Gaelic Dubh or the older Gaelic word Dub.
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Duff has been written Duff, MacDuff and others.
First found in Perthshire, where one of the first records of the name was Duncan Duff who was witness to a charter in 1275.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duff research. Another 182 words(13 lines of text) covering the year 1320 is included under the topic Early Duff History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Duff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Duff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Duff:
Duff Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Duff Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Deus Juvat
Motto Translation: God assists.
The Duff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Duff 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.
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