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The age-old Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the MacDuff family. Their name comes from an old Gaelic personal name. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhuibh.

MacDuff Early Origins



The surname MacDuff 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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MacDuff Spelling Variations


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MacDuff Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, MacDuff has been spelled MacDuff, McDuff, MacDhuibh (Gaelic) and others.

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MacDuff Early History


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MacDuff Early History



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

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MacDuff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacDuff 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 MacDuff 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



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first MacDuffs to arrive on North American shores:

MacDuff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James MacDuff, who settled in Maryland in 1747
  • James Macduff, who landed in Oxford, Maryland in 1747
  • John MacDuff settled in Virginia in 1772

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacDuff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacDuff (post 1700)



  • Larry Mac Duff (b. 1948), American college football coach
  • Tyler MacDuff (1925-2007), born Tyler Glenn Duff, Jr., American actor, best known for his role as Billy the Kid in The Boy from Oklahoma (1954)
  • Dana John MacDuff (b. 1955), American film producer and actor
  • James R. MacDuff, American Republican politician, Chair of Otsego County Republican Party, 1939-42
  • John Ross Macduff (1818-1895), Scottish divine and author of religious essays
  • Sir Alistair Geoffrey MacDuff (b. 1945), British judge of the High Court of England and Wales
  • Jack MacDuff (b. 1950), Canadian air traffic controller and retired curler, skip of the 1976 Canadian Men's curling champions

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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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MacDuff Clan Badge


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MacDuff Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacDuff
Duff, Fife, Fyfe, Fyfes, Fyffe, Fyffes, Kilger, Kilgoor, Kilgor, Kilgore, Kilgour, MacDhuibh, MacDuff, McDhuibh, McDuff, Phyfe, Phyffe, Spenc, Spence, Spenceley, Spences, Spencley, Spens, Spense, Spenses, Spensley, Weemes, Weems, Weemys, Weemyss, Weimes, Weims, Weimys, Weimyss, Wemes, Wemys, Wemyss, Wims, Wymbs, Wymes, Wyms and more.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    5. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    6. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    7. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    8. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    9. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    11. ...

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