Show ContentsDuffen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The generations and branches of the Duffen family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Duffen comes from the Old Norse personal name Dólgfinnr, which was popular in the north of England during the 11th century. However, the surname Duffen may also de derived from the Old Norse forename Dufan, which was borrowed from the Old Irish personal name Dubán.

Early Origins of the Duffen family

The surname Duffen 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 Duffen family

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Duffen Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Duffen include Duffin, Duffan, Duffyn, Duffane, Duffen and others.

Early Notables of the Duffen family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Duffen family to Ireland

Some of the Duffen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Duffen migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Duffen or a variant listed above:

Duffen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Duffen, who settled in Chicago in 1853

Australia Duffen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Duffen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Ann Duffen, (b. 1832), aged 18, Scottish country servant who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years for assault, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), she died in 1899 [1]

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook