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The surname Diffley is an Anglicization of the original Irish O Duibhghiolla, from the Gaelic meaning "black" and "lad."

Diffley Early Origins



The surname Diffley was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where it belonged to two different septs, the Ui Fiachrach in the southwest of the county and the Siol Anmchadha in the southeast.

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Diffley Spelling Variations


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Diffley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Devilly, O'Devilly, Diffley, Devally, Deffely, Deely and many more.

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Diffley Early History


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Diffley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Diffley research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Diffley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Diffley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Diffley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peggy and Thomas Devally, who immigrated to St. John, New Brunswick in 1834; Patrick, Mary, George, James, and Bridget Deffely, who landed in New York in 1847.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Diffley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Diffley (post 1700)



  • John Diffley (b. 1967), retired American soccer player
  • Kathleen Elizabeth Diffley, American Civil War scholar
  • Sean Diffley, Irish rugby expert

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Diffley Family Crest Products


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Diffley Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    9. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    10. 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.
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    The Diffley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Diffley 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 17 March 2017.

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