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Early Origins of the Buff family

The surname Buff was first found in Hesse, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Buff became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged important alliances with other families within the nation.

Early History of the Buff family

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Buff Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Buff, Buffe, Buhff, Buhffe, Buffa, Boff, Boffe, Bohff, Bohffe, Boffa, Boeff, Boeffe, Boehff, Boehffe, Bueff, Bueffe, Buehff and many more.

Early Notables of the Buff family (pre 1700)

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Buff Ranking

In the United States, the name Buff is the 10,383rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Buff migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Buff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Buff, who settled in New Jersey in 1709 with his wife and two children
  • Georg Buff, who landed in New Jersey in 1709 [2]
  • Johann Georg Buff, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [2]
  • Johann Georg Buff who settled in New York, New York in 1710
Buff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Buff who settled in San Francisco in 1851
  • John Buff, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Lewis Buff, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1861 [2]
  • Lewis Buff who arrived in Mobile, Alabama in 1861

Australia Buff migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Buff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Buff, (Edis), British Convict who was convicted in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Buff, (Bough), British convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Competitor"18th March 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Buff (post 1700) +

  • Joe Buff, American author of naval techno-thrillers
  • Johnny Buff (1888-1955), born John Lesky, an American World Bantamweight Champion boxer (1921 to 1922)
  • Conrad Buff II (1886-1975), Swiss-born, American creator of illustrated children's books with his wife Mary Buff (1890-1970)
  • Conrad Buff IV (b. 1948), American Academy Award winning film editor, known for his work on Titanic (1997), and Thirteen Days (2000)
  • Oliver Buff (b. 1992), Swiss professional footballer
  • Buff Cobb (1927-2010), born Patrizia Cobb Chapman, Italian-born, American actress and host of one of television's first talk shows

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th March 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook