Origin of the Name Duff
The origin of the name Duff
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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 Duff
include Duffin, McElduff and Duffy. This O'Duibhin sept, from which these names are taken, originated in County Cork .
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.
The earliest references of the name are found in the year 1148 referring to the Bishop of Kildare. An O'Duffyne from Cork was recorded in the year 1311. By the middle of the seventeenth century the prefix 'O' had almost always been dropped and by this time families of the name Duff were closely associated with the Oriel country and adjacent parts of Ulster . In the 1659 Census Duff appears as a principal Irish name in County Louth and in the same decade it is found in the Hearth Rolls of Antrim and Tyrone. The name Duff, along with many similar sounding names, is taken from the Gaelic word 'dubh', meaning 'black'.
The Duff 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 Duff descendants.