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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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  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 17 March 2014 at 20:35.

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