Duffie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The original Gaelic form of Duffie 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."  O'Duffy was listed as one of these such families.
Early Origins of the Duffie family
The surname Duffie 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." 
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. 
The Monaghan branch of the family were principally found in Attyduffy or Attyduff  and "modern statistics show that it is now most numerous name in Co. Monaghan." 
Important Dates for the Duffie family
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Duffie Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Duffie revealed many variations, including Duffey, Duff, Duffy, O'Duffey, O'Duffy, Duffe, O'Duffe, Doey, Dohey, Doohey, O'Dowey and many more.
Early Notables of the Duffie 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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Duffie migration to the United States
To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Duffie or a variant listed above, including:
Duffie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Duffie, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1834-1835 
- Owen Duffie, who landed in New York, NY in 1839 
Duffie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mrs. L. Duffie, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1901
- William Duffie, aged 26, who immigrated to America from Dumbarton, in 1905
- Walter Duffie, aged 30, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
- Arthur Duffie, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1908
- James B. Duffie, aged 32, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
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Duffie migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Duffie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Duffie, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
Duffie Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Jean Duffie, aged 33, who settled in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, in 1912
- Florence Duffie, aged 33, who settled in Halifax, N.S., in 1919
Contemporary Notables of the name Duffie (post 1700)
- John Brown Duffie (b. 1945), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
- William R. "Bill" Duffie, Canadian forestry engineer and political figure in New Brunswick
- Paul Duffie (b. 1951), Canadian former politician, lawyer and judge in New Brunswick
- Kieran Duffie (b. 1992), Scottish professional footballer
- Matthew Duffie (b. 1990), New Zealand professional rugby league player
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