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Origins Available: English, Irish


The Cuff surname comes from the Middle English word "cuffe," which meant "glove." It is thought that the name was originally an occupational name for a maker or seller of gloves. Although most instances of the name in Ireland were through migration from England, there were native Irish bearers of Cuff from the Gaelic form of O Duirnin. Although this name is usually Anglicized as Durnin, it had occasionally become "Cuffe" through mistranslation, since the Gaelic word "dorn" refers to "a fist."

Cuff Early Origins



The surname Cuff was first found in Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Cuff Spelling Variations


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Cuff Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Cuff revealed spelling variations, including Cuff, Cuffe, Couffe, Couff, Cuffy, Cuffey, Cuffie and others.

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Cuff Early History


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Cuff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cuff research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1670, 1678, 1641, 1694, 1744, 1737, 1804 and 1821 are included under the topic Early Cuff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cuff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cuff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Sir James Cuffe (died 1678) was an Irish politician, son of Thomas Cuffe of Somerset, he moved to Ireland with his father and brother in 1641; Michael Cuffe (1694-1744), an Irish Member of Parliament; Agmondesham...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cuff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Cuff name:

Cuff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Cuff settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1762
  • John Cuff, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765
  • William Cuff, who arrived in America in 1765
  • Patrick Cuff settled in New Jersey in 1773
  • Patrick Cuff settled in Philadelphia in 1773

Cuff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Cuff settled in New York in 1820
  • Edward Cuff, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Cuff Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Cuff settled in Bona Vista, Newfoundland in 1802 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Michael Cuff, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cuff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cuff (post 1700)



  • John Patrick Cuff (1864-1916), American Major League Baseball catcher who played for the Baltimore Monumentals in 1884
  • Ed Cuff Jr. (b. 1961), American amateur golfer
  • Ward Lloyd Cuff (1914-2002), American football running back and place kicker
  • Stan Cuff, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 8th District, 2004
  • Peter J. Cuff, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940
  • Michael T. Cuff, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1924
  • John J. Cuff, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1944 (alternate), 1956
  • John Cuff, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • James E. Cuff, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 38th District, 1926
  • Thomas J. Cuff (d. 1953), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1928
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Animus tamen idem
Motto Translation: Yet our mind is unchanged.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  3. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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The Cuff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cuff 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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