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Where did the English Delfs family come from? What is the English Delfs family crest and coat of arms? When did the Delfs family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Delfs family history?

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

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century. For those interested in further research of the early history of the surname we recommend the ancient Harleian Manuscripts which are in the archives of the British Museum. These Manuscripts are a Catalogue of the Herald's Visitations between 1510 and 1600. This distinguished surname Delves is recorded in MS 891 (folio 99) and others. This relates to their history in both Cheshire and Lancashire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delfs research. Another 296 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Delfs History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Delfs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Delfs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 150 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Delfs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Detlof Delfs, who landed in New York, NY in 1754

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  • Flemming Delfs (b. 1951), Danish badminton player, 1977 World Champion
  • Andreas Delfs (b. 1959), German conductor laureate of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra


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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.

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The Delfs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Delfs 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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