Duff (surname)

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The surname Duff has several origins. In some cases it is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic Ó Duibh ("descendant of Dubh"), Mac Giolla Duibh ("son of the servant of Dubh"), Mac Duibh ("son of Dubh"). The surname Duff is also sometimes a short form of Duffin (when of Gaelic origin), and MacElduff (from Mac Giolla Duibh), and Duffy (a name with multiple origins).[1]

The Gaelic dubh ("black", "dark") is a word-element which forms a part of many Gaelic names.[1]


In the British Royal Family:

Scottish aristocrats:

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  1. ^ a b Duff Family History, Ancestry.com, retrieved 18 October 2012 . This webpage cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 .