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Duff Surname 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 2nd edition, 2022

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 1911 there were 521 Duff families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Duff's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Duff families in 1911.
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What did your Duff ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Duff. 39% of Duff men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Duff women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Duff were Labourer and Income. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Income
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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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