Duff Family History

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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

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

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Duff Family Origin

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Duff Family Occupations

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 CA named Duff. 27% of Duff men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Duff women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Duff were Labourer and Income

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Income

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

Duff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 189,000 census records available for the last name Duff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Duff census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Duff Life Expectancy

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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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