Tuff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Tuff is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Tuff is derived from the Old French word touche, meaning thicket, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a thicket.

Early Origins of the Tuff family

The surname Tuff was first found in Cheshire, where the family is conjecturally descended from Joslin de Touche, who was granted lands by King William, the Duke of Normandy, after the Conquest. The Touches were Lords of Audley, the Earls of Castlehaven. By the 14th century, many of these Norman nobles moved north to Scotland and were granted land by King David of Scotland.

Early History of the Tuff family

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Tuff Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Touch, Toulch, Tough, Tuff, Tuf, Toucht and others.

Early Notables of the Tuff family (pre 1700)

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Tuff Ranking

In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Tuff is the 799th most popular surname with an estimated 51 people with that name. [1]


United States Tuff migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tuff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Tuff, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]

Canada Tuff migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tuff Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Tuff Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Captain George Tuff from Dorset died in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1835 [3]
  • John Tuff was a schoolmaster of Catalina, Newfoundland, in 1839 [3]

Australia Tuff migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tuff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jame Tuff, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tuff (post 1700) +

  • Stein Henrik Tuff (b. 1974), Norwegian former ski jumper a the 1994 Winter Olympics
  • William Tuff Whiteway (1856-1940), Newfoundland architect from Musgrave Harbour, best known for his work in the early 1900s in Vancouver

SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. George Tuff (b. 1881), Newfoundlander from Templeman, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived


  1. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STEBONHEATH 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stebonheath.htm


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