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Where did the English Scarff family come from? What is the English Scarff family crest and coat of arms? When did the Scarff family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Scarff family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Scarf, Scarfe, Scarff, Scarffe, Scharf and others.
First found in Yorkshire, where the name first appeared in the 13th century. The name Scarff is either a nickname, or of ornamental origin. It comes from the old Norse word "skarfr," meaning "cormorant," a kind of large, black seabird. The name was probably given to its first bearer because of some imagined resemblance to the bird in question. It is also possible that the name had no real significance whatsoever, and was purely ornamental.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scarff research. Another 275 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1260 and 1275 are included under the topic Early Scarff History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Scarff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Scarff Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Scarff Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Scarff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scarff 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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