Delf History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Delf family

The surname Delf was first found in Cheshire at Doddington, an ecclesiastical district, in the parish of Wybunbury, union and hundred of Nantwich. "In a mutilated tower which formed part of Doddington Castle, erected by Sir John Delves in 1364, are preserved statues of Lord Audley and his four squires, who fought under the Black Prince at Poitiers." [1]

Early History of the Delf family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delf research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Delf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Delf Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Delves, Delve, Delph, Delf, Delves, Delvere, Dellves, Dellfs, Telf, Telve, Telves and many more.

Early Notables of the Delf family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Delf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Delf family to Ireland

Some of the Delf family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Delf migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Delf Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Delf, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Delf (post 1700) +

  • Chester M. Delf, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1st District, 1946 [3]
  • Harold Delf Gillies (1882-1960), New Zealand otolaryngologist widely considered the father of plastic surgery


The Delf 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: Je ne puis
Motto Translation: I cannot.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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