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The Kilduff family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Kilduff is derived from an old Gaelic personal name. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhuibh.

Kilduff Early Origins



The surname Kilduff was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. MacDuff, the Thane of Fife, portrayed by Shakespeare as the rival of Macbeth, was a myth created by medieval writers. However, the first Earl of the name, Gillemichel, did emerge by the time of King David I, and he and his descendants had privileges including the right to crown the King of Scotland and to lead the Scottish army. The MacDuff family was opposed to Robert the Bruce, who gained the throne in 1306, and Countess Isabel of Buchan, who was the sister of Duncan, Earl of Fife, was imprisoned for seven years.

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Kilduff Spelling Variations


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Kilduff Spelling Variations



Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Kilduff include MacDuff, McDuff, MacDhuibh (Gaelic) and others.

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Kilduff Early History


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Kilduff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilduff research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1353, 1358, 1725, 1759, and 1889 are included under the topic Early Kilduff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kilduff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kilduff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Isobel Macduff (1296-1358), the Countess of Buchan, best known for when she left her husband, the Earl of Buchan and stole his warhorses; William Duff of Braco...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kilduff 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



The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Kilduff arrived in North America very early:

Kilduff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Kilduff, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
  • Edward Kilduff, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • Patrick Kilduff, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1856
  • Michael Kilduff, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1858

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kilduff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kilduff (post 1700)



  • Thomas S. Kilduff, American neuroscientist and the director of SRI International's Center for Neuroscience
  • Christine Kilduff, American politician, Member of the Washington House of Representatives (2015-)
  • Malcolm MacGregor "Mac" Kilduff Jr. (1927-2003), American journalist, best known for making the public announcement of the death of U.S. President John F. Kennedy
  • Peter John "Pete" Kilduff (1893-1930), American former professional baseball player who played in the 1920 World Series
  • Marshall Kilduff (b. 1949), American journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Martin Kilduff, Professor at the UCL School of Management
  • Vinnie Kilduff (b. 1960), Irish Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, one of best known contemporary tin whistle players
  • Mitchell Kilduff (b. 1996), Australian swimmer at the 2012 Summer Paralympics
  • Ciarán Kilduff (b. 1988), Irish footballer

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Motto


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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: Deus juvat
Motto Translation: God assists.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Kilduff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kilduff 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 10 December 2015 at 12:51.

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