Origin of the Name Cuffe
The ancient history of the name Cuffe
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Cuffe
include Cuff, Cuf and Couf. This is an ancient occupational name describing a maker of gloves, or alternatively it can describe a frequent wearer of gloves. In Cornwall these names are also used as a nickname to describe a dear or loving person. In Ireland the name is derived form a number of distinct Gaelic septs.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
When derived from the MacDhuibh sept this refers to an Ulster province sept, ultimately of Scottish origin. When derived from the O'Duirnin sept it refers to a County Antrim sept where the town of Ballydurnian marks their existence. In modern times Cuff and Cuffe are found throughout Ulster as well as in Dublin.
The Cuffe coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Cuffe descendants.