Duty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the first family to use the name Duty lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Duty comes from the Gaelic name Dudhthaigh which means dark.
Early Origins of the Duty family
The surname Duty was first found in Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996, where they held a family seat from early times.
Early History of the Duty family
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Duty Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Duty has been spelled Duthie, Duthe, Duthey, Duthy, Dutthy, Dutthie, Dutthe and many more.
Early Notables of the Duty family (pre 1700)
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Duty migration to the United States +
In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Duty:
Duty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hugh Duty, aged 5, who landed in America from England, in 1892
- Mrs Ellen E. Duty, aged 34, who settled in America from England, in 1892
Duty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles Duty, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
- Guy Duty, aged 24, who immigrated to America, in 1905
- G. S. Duty, who landed in America, in 1907
- James Duty, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
- James P. Duty, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1918
Contemporary Notables of the name Duty (post 1700) +
- Jeffrey Kenton Duty (b. 1995), American actor best known for his role as "Young Jacob" on the final season of the ABC primetime drama, Lost
- Ray F. Duty, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1964 
- Michael K. Duty, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ritchie County, 1907-08, 1913-16; Member of West Virginia State Senate 3rd District, 1917-20 
- John R. Duty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1928 
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The Duty 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: Data fata secutus
Motto Translation: Following my destiny.