Everything you need to know about the Irish surname Duffy: its meaning, origins, interesting facts, and famous people with the last name Duffy.

Are you a member of the Duffy family? Know that it's a great Irish name but have always wanted to learn more, like what exactly it means or what part of Ireland it's associated with? 

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We have all the facts on the Irish surname Duffy here!

Irish derivation of Duffy:

Ó Dubhthaigh.

Name meaning:

"Descendant of the dark one."

Counties associated with the name:


Duffy Coat of Arms motto:

"Like lightning."

Interesting facts about the Irish name Duffy:

  • A French pirate, Dupré, changed his name to Duffy to avoid a charge of murder and fled to Newfoundland.

Some famous Duffys:

  • Charles Gavan Duffy (1816-1903, Irish poet)
  • Eamon Duffy (1947, Irish historian)
  • James Duffy (1889-1969, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross in 1917)
  • Joe Duffy (1956, Irish radio personality)
  • Carol Ann Duffy (1955, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom)
  • Aimee Anne Duffy (1984, Welsh singer)

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