Early Origins of the Scarffe family
The surname Scarffe was first found in Yorkshire
, where the name first appeared in the 13th century. The name Scarffe 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.
Early History of the Scarffe family
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Scarffe Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Scarf, Scarfe, Scarff, Scarffe, Scharf and others.
Early Notables of the Scarffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Scarffe family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Scharf, who arrived in New York in 1834; as well as George Scharf, who arrived in Allegany County in 1844.
Contemporary Notables of the name Scarffe (post 1700)
- Darren Scarffe, British former assistant coach for the Union Mills F.C. in the parish of Braddan on the Isle of Man