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The earliest origins of the name Bruff are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings It is a name for someone who lived in the places named Overbrough and Netherbrough in Harray, in the Orkney Islands. It is believed that the origins of the Bruff name are Norse, but it is not known if the place or personal name came first.

Bruff Early Origins



The surname Bruff was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Bruff Spelling Variations


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Bruff Spelling Variations



Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Bruff has been spelled Brough, Burgh, Brugh, Broughe, Burghe, Brughe, Bruche and many more.

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Bruff Early History


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Bruff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bruff research. Another 394 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1557, 1600, 1643, and 1671 are included under the topic Early Bruff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bruff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bruff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bruff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Bruff family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Bruff Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Bruff, who landed in Maryland in 1666

Bruff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jesse Bruff, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bruff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bruff (post 1700)



  • Samuel Bruff, American politician, Delegate to Texas Convention of 1832 from District of Alfred, 1832
  • Judd H. Bruff, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912
  • Joseph Bruff, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1868
  • John B. Bruff (b. 1929), American Democrat politician, Macomb County Circuit Court Commissioner, 1963; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1968; Chair of Macomb County Democratic Party, 1969

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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    The Bruff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bruff 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 4 October 2016 at 14:12.

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