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Scarff Early Origins



The surname Scarff was first found in Yorkshire, where the name first appeared in the 13th century. The name Scarff is either a nickname, or of ornamental origin. It comes from the old Norse word "skarfr," meaning "cormorant," a kind of large, black seabird. The name was probably given to its first bearer because of some imagined resemblance to the bird in question. It is also possible that the name had no real significance whatsoever, and was purely ornamental.

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Scarff Early History


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Scarff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scarff research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1260 and 1275 are included under the topic Early Scarff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scarff Spelling Variations


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Scarff Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Scarf, Scarfe, Scarff, Scarffe, Scharf and others.

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Scarff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Scarff Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scarff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. Scarff, aged 27, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1899

Scarff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. William G. Scarff, aged 40, who emigrated to New York, in 1905
  • William G. Scarff, aged 44, who settled in New York, in 1905
  • Frederick Scarff, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1921
  • James C. Scarff, aged 45, who settled in South Charleston, Ohio, in 1921
  • George Scarff, aged 52, who emigrated to America from Stanley, England, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Scarff Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Harold A. Scarff, aged 21, who emigrated to Windsor, Canada, in 1922
  • Louise Scarff, aged 42, who emigrated to Windsor, Canada, in 1922

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Contemporary Notables of the name Scarff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Scarff (post 1700)



  • Clark Steven Scarff (b. 1948), former Australian cricketer who played four first-class matches for Western Australia
  • Warrant Officer (Gunner) F. W. Scarff, British officer of the Admiralty Air Department, inventor of the Scarff ring, a type of machine gun mounting for aircraft

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