Duffey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Duffey was O Dubhthaigh. The first portion of the name is the word "dubh," which means "black," while the second portion is likely an obsolete Irish forename. The sept claim descent from the ancient Heremon Kings of Ireland. Through O'Conner Faley, Lords of Offaley (now Offaly), they descend from "Cahir Mor, King of Leinster in the beginning of the second century. He divided his great possessions amongst his thirty sons in a Will called 'The will of Cahir More,' contained in the 'Book of Leacan' and in the 'Book of Balymote.' His posterity formed the principal families in Leinster." [1] O'Duffy was listed as one of these such families.

Early Origins of the Duffey family

The surname Duffey was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and were one of the many families descended from the great Kings of Ireland called the "Three Collas." Descending from the Clan Colla was Duffy, Lord of Fermanagh.

However, "there are several distinct septs of O'Duffy. One belongs to the parish of Lower Templecrone in the diocese of Raphoe, Co. Donegal, the patron saint of which is the seventh century Saint Dubhthach, or Duffy. The Connacht sept, the centre of whose territory was Lissonnuffy or Lissduffy near Strokestown, named after them, was remarkable for the number of distinguished ecclesiastics it produced." [2]

Without a doubt, the oldest records of the family include: Muireadach Ó'Dubthaigh (Murdagh O'Duffy) (1075-1150), Archbishop of Tuam in the county of Connaught and Cadhla Ó'Dubthaigh, (Cele O'Duffy) Archbishop of Tuam, Ambassador to Henry II in 1175. [2]

The Monaghan branch of the family were principally found in Attyduffy or Attyduff [1] and "modern statistics show that it is now most numerous name in Co. Monaghan." [3]

Important Dates for the Duffey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duffey research. Another 266 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1075, 1150, 1501, 1175, 1527, 1615, 1527, 1615, 1675, 1671, 1809 and 1871 are included under the topic Early Duffey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duffey Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Duffey were encountered in the archives: Duffey, Duff, Duffy, O'Duffey, O'Duffy, Duffe, O'Duffe, Doey, Dohey, Doohey, O'Dowey and many more.

Early Notables of the Duffey family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Father Eugene O'Duffy (c. 1527-1615), preacher and satirist on the apostate bishop Miler Magrath; The Most Reverend Patrick...
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Duffey migration to the United States

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Duffey family came to North America quite early:

Duffey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alice Duffey who landed in Maryland in 1724
Duffey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Duffey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • James Duffey, who landed in America in 1842 [4]
  • Patrick Duffey, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [4]
  • Rose Duffey, aged 16, who landed in New York in 1854 [4]
  • Anne Duffey, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1854 [4]
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Duffey migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Duffey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Duffey, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1829 [5]
  • John Duffey, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834

Duffey migration to Australia

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

Duffey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Duffey, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [6]

Duffey migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Duffey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Duffey, (b. 1828), aged 35, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "David G. Fleming" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th December 1863 [7]
  • Mr. Gregory Duffey, (b. 1828), aged 35, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "David G. Fleming" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th December 1863 [7]
  • Miss Mary Duffey, (b. 1828), aged 35, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "David G. Fleming" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th December 1863 [7]
  • Miss Elizabeth Duffey, (b. 1848), aged 15, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "David G. Fleming" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th December 1863 [7]
  • Miss Mary Duffey, (b. 1848), aged 15, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "David G. Fleming" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th December 1863 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Duffey (post 1700)

  • Eliza Bisbee Duffey, American feminist and writer of the 19th century
  • Doug Duffey, American singer, songwriter, pianist, bandleader, music arranger, record producer, music publisher, poet, diarist, photographer and visual artist
  • William Simon Duffey Jr. (b. 1952), United States federal judge
  • Warren Joseph Duffey (1886-1936), U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Arthur Francis Duffey (1879-1955), American track and field athlete
  • Todd Duffey, American actor
  • Joseph D. Duffey (b. 1932), American academic, educator and political appointee
  • John Duffey (1934-1996), American Washington DC-based bluegrass music innovator
  • Joe Duffey (b. 1982), English rugby union footballer

Citations

  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  3. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, The Surnames of Ireland. Ireland: Irish Academic Press, sixth edition, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2366-3)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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