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The Duffin family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the Old Norse personal name Dólgfinnr, which was popular in the north of England during the 11th century. However, the surname Duffin may also de derived from the Old Norse forename Dufan, which was borrowed from the Old Irish personal name Dubán.

Duffin Early Origins



The surname Duffin 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.

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Duffin Spelling Variations


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Duffin 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 Duffin include Duffin, Duffan, Duffyn, Duffane, Duffen and others.

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Duffin Early History


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Duffin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duffin research. Another 314 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1379 is included under the topic Early Duffin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Duffin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Duffin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Duffin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Duffin In Ireland


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Duffin In Ireland



Some of the Duffin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Duffin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Duffin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Duffin who settled in North America in 1757
  • Edward Duffin, who arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in 1757
  • Ann Duffin, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Virginia in 1774

Duffin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anne Duffin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • William Duffin, who settled in New York, NY in 1824
  • James Duffin, who came to New York in 1843
  • Patrick Duffin, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1848

Duffin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Carraile Duffin, who arrived in Arkansas in 1902

Duffin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Duffin, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • James Duffin, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland

Duffin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Duffin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Hugh Duffin, aged 21, a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Ellen Duffin, aged 19, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Duffin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Duffin (post 1700)



  • Shay Duffin (1931-2010), Irish-born American character actor of the stage and screen, known for The Departed (2006), Titanic (1997) and Raging Bull (1980)
  • Richard James Duffin (1909-1996), American physicist, known for his contributions to electrical transmission theory and to the development of geometric programming
  • Dan Duffin (b. 1973), English director and writer, known for The 12 Days of 'Black Christmas' (2006), What Have You Done?: The Remaking of 'Black Christmas' (2006) and On Screen! (2005)
  • Aoife Duffin, Irish Film and Television Award nominated actress, known for Fear of Flying (2012), Behold the Lamb (2011) and What Richard Did (2012)
  • Jacalyn Mary "Jackie" Duffin (b. 1950), Canadian medical historian and hematologist who holds the Hannah Chair, History of Medicine at Queen's University
  • Graeme Duffin (b. 1956), British rock musician for the Scottish pop band Wet Wet Wet since 1983
  • Anne Duffin, British historian and part-time lecturer at the University of Exeter
  • Adam Duffin (1841-1924), Irish unionist politician in Northern Ireland
  • Terrence Duffin (b. 1982), Zimbabwean cricketer

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Duffin Historic Events


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Duffin Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Patrick Duffin, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Duffin Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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    The Duffin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Duffin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 4 November 2016 at 20:41.

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