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The original Gaelic form of Duffy 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.

Duffy Early Origins



The surname Duffy 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 The Duffy, Lord of Fermanagh.

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Duffy Spelling Variations


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Duffy Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Duffy family name include Duffey, Duff, Duffy, O'Duffey, O'Duffy, Duffe, O'Duffe, Doey, Dohey, Doohey, O'Dowey and many more.

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Duffy Early History


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Duffy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duffy research. Another 531 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1075, 1150, 1501, 1175, 1527, 1615, 1527, 1615, 1675, 12 M, 1671, 1809 and 1871 are included under the topic Early Duffy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Duffy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Duffy Early Notables (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...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Duffy Notables 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



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Duffy to North America:

Duffy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rose Duffy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Mary Duffy, who landed in New York in 1792
  • Ross Duffy, who arrived in New York in 1798

Duffy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Duffy, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Philip Duffy, aged 21, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Jane Duffy, aged 14, arrived in New York, NY in 1806
  • Alice Duffy, aged 18, landed in New York, NY in 1806
  • Fargus Duffy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1810
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Duffy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Philip Duffy settled in Harbour Grace in 1827
  • Mary Duffy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Mary Duffy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Mare Duffy, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Neil Duffy, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Duffy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Duffy, a coach-smith, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Michael Duffy, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Ellen Duffy, aged 18, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Ellen Duffy, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • William Duffy, aged 42, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Duffy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Duffy, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Sarah Duffy arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1868
  • Catherine Duffy, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
  • Mary Duffy arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
  • Michael Duffy, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Duffy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Duffy (post 1700)



  • Julia Duffy (1951-1980), born Julia Margaret Hinds, American Golden Globe and multiple Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress, best known as the spoiled rich girl Stephanie Vanderkellen, on the 1980s sitcom, Newhart
  • Michael Duffy, American journalist, Washington bureau chief and an executive editor for Time magazine
  • Francis Patrick Duffy (1871-1932), Canadian-born, American soldier, Roman Catholic priest and military chaplain, eponym of Duffy Square, Times Square, New York City
  • Daniel Richard Duffy (b. 1988), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals since 2011
  • Hugh Duffy (1866-1954), American 19th-century Major League Baseball player, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945
  • Patrick George Duffy (b. 1949), American Soap Opera Digest Award winning character actor of stage and film, best known for his role on Dallas
  • John Aloysius Duffy (1884-1944), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Syracuse (1933 to 1937)
  • Brian Duffy (b. 1953), retired U.S. Air Force colonel and former NASA Astronaut with over 40 days in space
  • Patrick Duffy (1921-1987), Irish fencer at the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics
  • Shane Patrick Michael Duffy (b. 1992), Irish footballer
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Duffy Historic Events


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Duffy Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Duffy, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Mary Duffy (1881-1914), née Speak Canadian Third Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Patrick Duffy, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Luke Duffy (d. 1912), aged 28, English Writer/Engineer's Clerk from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Duffy


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Suggested Readings for the name Duffy



  • Philip A. Duffy and Sam Wilson with Allied Families, York County, Merrick County, Nebraska.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  4. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

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