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Duffield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Duffield name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in either of the towns named Duffield in Derbyshire and in North Yorkshire. The surname Duffield 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 Duffield family


The surname Duffield 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." [1]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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Early History of the Duffield family


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Duffield Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Duffield has undergone many spelling variations, including Duffield, Duffeld, Duffell, Duffill, Duffitt and others.

Early Notables of the Duffield family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Duffield family to Ireland


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Migration of the Duffield family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Duffield were among those contributors:

Duffield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Duffield, a boy of 14, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Benjamin Duffield made New Jersey his home in 1678
  • Benjamin Duffield, who landed in New Jersey in 1678 [3]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)

Duffield Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Duffield, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • John Duffield, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834
  • John Duffield, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Duffield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Francis Duffield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  • Alice Duffield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  • Walter Duffield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Barras" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM BARRAS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839WilliamBarrass.gif
  • William Duffield, aged 23, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Barras" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM BARRAS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839WilliamBarrass.gif
  • F. Duffield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Posthumous.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Duffield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Duffield, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Martha Duffield, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • George Duffield, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Duffield (post 1700)


  • William Ward Duffield (1823-1907), American executive in the coal industry, and railroad construction engineer
  • George Duffield (1794-1868), American leading nineteenth-century New School Presbyterian minister
  • Henry Martyn Duffield (1842-1912), American Colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • David Duffield (b. 1941), American businessman in the software industry and known for his philanthropic activities
  • Thomas Duffield (1782-1854), English farmer and Tory politician
  • Peter Duffield (b. 1969), English former professional footballer
  • George Duffield (b. 1946), retired English flat racing jockey
  • David Duffield (1931-2016), British sports commentator and cyclist
  • Dr Lee Richard Duffield (b. 1947), ABC (Australia) correspondent
  • Robert Duffield (b. 1935), Australian writer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Duffield family



HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Duffield (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Pye Bridge, Derbyshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

The Duffield 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.


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Citations


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM BARRAS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839WilliamBarrass.gif
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Posthumous.htm
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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