The origins of the name Duffan are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the Old Norse personal name Dólgfinnr,
which was popular in the north of England
during the 11th century. However, the surname Duffan may also de derived from the Old Norse forename Dufan,
which was borrowed from the Old Irish personal name Dubán.
Early Origins of the Duffan family
The surname Duffan was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066.
Early History of the Duffan family
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Duffan Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Duffan family name include Duffin, Duffan, Duffyn, Duffane, Duffen and others.
Early Notables of the Duffan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Duffan family to Ireland
Some of the Duffan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 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 Duffan family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Duffan surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Duffan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Duffan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)