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Duff Family History

Duff Name Meaning
Scottish and Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duibh (‘descendant of Dubh’), Mac Giolla Duibh (‘son of the servant of Dubh’), or a short form of Duffin 2 (County Wexford), MacElduff (County Tyrone; see Kilduff), Mac Duibh, and Duffy, all of which are formed from personal names containing the element dubh ‘dark’, ‘black’ (widely used as a nickname or byname for a dark-haired man or man of dark temperament and as an element of personal names).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Duff Families

  • Number of Duff families
     162 - 321
     55 - 161
     1 - 54
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Duff families
     164 - 325
     55 - 163
     1 - 54
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Duff families
     386 - 770
     129 - 385
     1 - 128
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Duff Family Origin

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Duff Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Duff

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Duff Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Duff Civil War Service Records

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