The earliest origins of the Dufty surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who was considered brave and strong. The surname Dufty originally derived from the Old English word doughty
The surname Dufty is associated with the broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or features of animals.
Early Origins of the Dufty family
The surname Dufty was first found in Suffolk
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 A.D.
Early History of the Dufty family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dufty research.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1792, 1545, 1578, 1577, 1599, 1655 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Dufty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dufty Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Dufty are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Dufty include: Doughty, Doughtie, Dowtie, Dowty and others.
Early Notables of the Dufty family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Doughty (1545-1578), an English nobleman, soldier, scholar and personal secretary of Christopher Hatton. His association with Francis Drake, on a 1577 voyage to interfere with Spanish treasure... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dufty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dufty family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dufty or a variant listed above:
Dufty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Dufty, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 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)
Dufty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Richard Dufty, aged 23, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
Contemporary Notables of the name Dufty (post 1700)
- William Francis Dufty (1916-2002), American writer, and nutrition activist who wrote over 40 books
- Bevan Dufty (b. 1955), American politician, Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (2002-2011)
- Alec Dufty (b. 1987), former American soccer
- Craddock Dufty (b. 1900), New Zealand rugby league player who played from 1919-1930
- Alan Rex Dufty (b. 1947), Australian two-time gold, five-time silver and bronze medalist Paralympic athlete