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Ruff is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Ruff is a name that comes from the Norman given name Rudolph.

Ruff Early Origins



The surname Ruff was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times, soon after the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

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Ruff Spelling Variations


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Ruff Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Roffe, Rolfe, Rolph, Roalph, Roff, Ruff, Rouf and others.

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Ruff Early History


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Ruff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruff research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1297, and 1332 are included under the topic Early Ruff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ruff Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ruff 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



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Ruff name or one of its variants:

Ruff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Ruff, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Madlena Ruff, aged 34, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Catrina Ruff, aged 13, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Darius Ruff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Jacob Ruff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ruff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Albrecht Ruff, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Gottlob Ruff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Mathias Ruff, who arrived in New York in 1833
  • Catharina Ruff, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Solomon Ruff, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ruff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emilie Ruff, aged 4, arrived in New York, NY in 1902
  • Christina Ruff, aged 43, landed in New York, NY in 1902
  • Maria Ruff, aged 7, landed in New York, NY in 1902
  • Sophia Ruff, aged 11, arrived in New York, NY in 1902
  • Susana Ruff, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1902
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ruff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Ruff arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849

Ruff Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Ruff arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruff (post 1700)



  • Willie Ruff (b. 1931), American horn player and bassist, faculty member at the Yale School of Music since 1971
  • Michelle Ruff (b. 1967), American four-time Behind the Voice Actors Award nominated voice actress, known for her work on Bleach (2004), Digimon: Digital Monsters (1999) and Over the Hedge (2006)
  • Matt Ruff (b. 1965), American author of thriller, science-fiction and comic novels
  • Howard Ruff (b. 1931), American financial adviser and author of the investing newsletter The Ruff Times
  • Charles Frederick Carson "Chuck" Ruff (1939-2000), American lawyer, 27th White House Counsel (1998-1999), posthumously presented the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Clinton
  • William Ruff (1801-1856), English sporting reporter
  • Otto Ruff (1871-1939), German chemist, awarded the Liebig Medal, known for Ruff degradation
  • Lindy Ruff (b. 1960), Canadian NHL hockey coach, awarded the Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year in 2006, assistant coach for the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team
  • Jason Ruff (b. 1970), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey player from Kelowna, British Columbia who played from 1991 to 2007
  • Thomas Ruff (b. 1958), German photographer

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Suggested Readings for the name Ruff


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Suggested Readings for the name Ruff



  • The Ruff Family Album by Bonner Ruff.
  • Look Behind your Mirror: some Descendants of Michael Rugh by J.C. Rugh.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

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