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Duff Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: from Gaelic dubh ‘dark black’ used both as a nickname and a personal name. In Scotland it is typically a descriptive epithet for a dark-haired man (compare Dow ). In Ireland it is usually from Ó Duibh ‘descendant of Dubh’ or Mac Giolla Duibh ‘son of the servant of Dubh’. It is also found as a short form of Duffin and a variant of Duffy . See also McDuff . In some cases possibly also a shortened form of Breton Le Duff a cognate of 1 above.

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

Similar surnames: Duffy, Cuff, Huff, Luff, Buff, Duke, Puff, Ruffo, Duffer, Duer

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Where is the Duff family from?

You can see how Duff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Duff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Duff families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 53 Duff families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 21% of all the recorded Duff's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Duff families in 1840.
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What did your Duff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Duff. 16% of Duff men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Duff women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Duff were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

There are 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Duff. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Duff. For the veterans among your Duff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Duff lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Duff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Duff in 1942 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

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