The present generation of the Duffet family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in either of the towns named Duffield in Derbyshire
and in North Yorkshire
. The surname Duffet belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Duffet family
The surname Duffet was first found in North Yorkshire
at either North or South Duffield, villages and civil parishes in the Selby District. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Dufeld. Alternatively, the name could have originated from Duffield, a village, beside the River Derwent, at its junction with the River Ecclesbourne in Derbyshire
. This locale also dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Duvelle, but by the 12th century, the locale was known as Duffeld. The place name literally means "open land frequented by doves." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"In Domesday Book
it is called Dunelle, and is described as having 'a church, a priest, and two mills;' it afterwards formed part of the demesne of Henry de Ferrers, who, in 1096, possessed a castle on an eminence north-west of the village, the site of which is now named Castle-Orchard." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Duffet family
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Duffet Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Duffet include Duffield, Duffeld, Duffell, Duffill, Duffitt and others.
Early Notables of the Duffet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Duffet family to Ireland
Some of the Duffet family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 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 Duffet family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Duffet were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Duffield, a boy of 14, who landed in Virginia in 1622. Benjamin Duffield made New Jersey his home in 1678. Over the next hundred
years, the Duffield name was to be found in Philadelphia and other major eastern seaboard cities..
Contemporary Notables of the name Duffet (post 1700)
- Major-General Camilie-Lon Duffet (1880-1968), French General Officer Commanding 18th Infantry Division (1939-1940) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 4) Camilie-Lon Duffet. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Duffet/Camilie-L%C3%A9on/France.html
The Duffet Motto
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: Semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.