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Where did the Irish McDuffie family come from? What is the Irish McDuffie family crest and coat of arms? When did the McDuffie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McDuffie family history?

The original Gaelic form of McDuffie was O Dubhthaigh. The first portion of the name is the word "dubh," which means "black," while the second portion is likely an obsolete Irish forename.

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Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McDuffie dating from that time include Duffey, Duff, Duffy, O'Duffey, O'Duffy, Duffe, O'Duffe, Doey, Dohey, Doohey, O'Dowey and many more.

First found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and were one of the many families descended from the great Kings of Ireland called the "Three Collas." Descending from the Clan Colla was The Duffy, Lord of Fermanagh.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDuffie research. Another 531 words(38 lines of text) covering the years 1075, 1150, 1501, 1175, 1527, 1615, 1527, 1615, 1675, 12 M, 1671, 1809 and 1871 are included under the topic Early McDuffie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDuffie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name McDuffie or a variant listed above:

McDuffie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anna McDuffie, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Anne McDuffie, who landed in New York, NY in 1738
  • Dudly McDuffie, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Malcolm McDuffie, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Malcom McDuffie, who landed in New York in 1738


McDuffie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Neil McDuffie, aged 33, arrived in North Carolina in 1812

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  • Dwayne Glenn McDuffie (1962-2011), American writer of comic books and television
  • John Delphus McDuffie (1938-1991), American NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) driver
  • George McDuffie (1790-1851), American politician, 55th Governor of South Carolina and a member of the United States Senate
  • Otis James McDuffie (b. 1969), former American Football player
  • Robert McDuffie, internationally renowned American violinist
  • Chris McDuffie, American musician


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The McDuffie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDuffie 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 21 January 2013 at 12:21.

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