The name Doof has a history dating as far back as the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for a person with remarkable feet.
Nicknames were often used to distinguish a person by a noticeable physical characteristic. In this case the trait may have been very large feet, or feet which were deformed in some way. The name was originally derived from the Old English word fot
which meant foot.
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from a residence, in other words someone who lived at the "foot of a mountain". For the Footman variation, the obvious occupational
origin as a soldier in the infantry applies and not as a domestic servant. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Doof family
The surname Doof was first found in Cheshire
where Ernui Fot was listed as an undertenant
in the Domesday Book
. The same reference lists Godwin Fot in Kent
so one can presume that the name was polygenetic.
Early History of the Doof family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doof research.Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1651, 1450, 1520, 1652, 1683, 1592, 1687, 1646 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Doof History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Doof Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Doof were recorded, including Foote, Foot, Fouts and others.
Early Notables of the Doof family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Doof family to Ireland
Some of the Doof family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Doof family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Doof arrived in North America very early: Paul Foote who landed in Massachusetts in 1620.