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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?

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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.


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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Scarff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scarff Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm. Scarff, aged 27, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1899

Scarff Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mrs. William G. Scarff, aged 40, who emigrated to New York, in 1905
  • William G. Scarff, aged 44, who settled in New York, in 1905
  • Frederick Scarff, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1921
  • James C. Scarff, aged 45, who settled in South Charleston, Ohio, in 1921
  • George Scarff, aged 52, who emigrated to America from Stanley, England, in 1922


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  • Warrant Officer (Gunner) F. W. Scarff, British officer of the Admiralty Air Department, inventor of the Scarff ring, a type of machine gun mounting for aircraft
  • Clark Steven Scarff (b. 1948), former Australian cricketer who played four first-class matches for Western Australia


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  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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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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