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Luff is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from an Old English personal name Lufu which affectionately referred to Love. The surname Luff was adopted in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England were found shortly after the Norman Conquest and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.

Luff Early Origins



The surname Luff 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.

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Luff Spelling Variations


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Luff Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Luff has undergone many spelling variations, including Love, Lufe, Luf and others.

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Luff Early History


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Luff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Luff research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1470, 1596, 1661, 1608, 1682 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Luff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Luff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Luff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Richard Love (1596-1661), an English churchman and academic, Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, member of the Westminster Assembly, and Dean of Ely; Nicholas Love (1608-1682), an English...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Luff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Luff In Ireland


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Luff In Ireland



Some of the Luff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 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



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Luff were among those contributors:

Luff Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Luff, who arrived in America in 1633
  • Edward Luff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Luff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Luff, who landed in New Jersey in 1770

Luff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John N Luff, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1800
  • Valentine Luff, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1800
  • Samuel Luff, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Thomas Luff, who arrived in America in 1845

Luff Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • E Luff, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • John Luff, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • John Luff, aged 15, landed in Canada in 1832

Luff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Luff arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ceylon" in 1850

Luff Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Luff arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Canute" in 1867
  • Adelaide Luff, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Luff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Luff (post 1700)



  • Edward T. Luff, American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in West Virginia for the 19th Judicial Circuit, 1969
  • Henry T. Luff (1856-1916), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1875 to 1884
  • John Nicholas Luff (1860-1938), American philatelist, eponym of the The Luff Award of the American Philatelic Society
  • Robert Charles William Luff CBE (1914-2009), English theatrical agent and producer, best known for producing the stage version of The Black and White Minstrel Show
  • Alfred Luff (1846-1933), English cricketer from Kew, Surrey
  • Brian Luff, born Brian West, an English writer, television producer/director and performer from London
  • William "Bill" Luff (b. 1909), Australian rules footballer
  • Arthur Pearson Luff (1855-1938), British physician and forensic chemist, understood to be one of the founders of 20th century forensic medicine
  • Enid Luff (b. 1935), Welsh musician, music educator and composer from Ebbw Vale, Wales
  • Troy Luff (b. 1969), former Australian rules footballer for the Sydney Swans
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    11. ...

    The Luff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Luff 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.

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