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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name MacIlduff is an old Gaelic personal name. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhuibh.

MacIlduff Early Origins



The surname MacIlduff was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. MacDuff, the Thane of Fife, portrayed by Shakespeare as the rival of Macbeth, was a myth created by medieval writers. However, the first Earl of the name, Gillemichel, did emerge by the time of King David I, and he and his descendants had privileges including the right to crown the King of Scotland and to lead the Scottish army. The MacDuff family was opposed to Robert the Bruce, who gained the throne in 1306, and Countess Isabel of Buchan, who was the sister of Duncan, Earl of Fife, was imprisoned for seven years.

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MacIlduff Early History


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MacIlduff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacIlduff research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1353, 1358, 1725, 1759, and 1889 are included under the topic Early MacIlduff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacIlduff Spelling Variations


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MacIlduff Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name MacIlduff include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacDuff, McDuff, MacDhuibh (Gaelic) and others.

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MacIlduff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacIlduff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Isobel Macduff (1296-1358), the Countess of Buchan, best known for when she left her husband, the Earl of Buchan and stole his warhorses; William Duff of Braco...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacIlduff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name MacIlduff, or a variant listed above: James MacDuff, who settled in Maryland in 1747; John MacDuff settled in Virginia in 1772.

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Motto


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Motto



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.


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