Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/public/Cufley-Cuffley/
Contact: Mr David Cufley
Most people think that there is only one place in the UK called Cuffley and that is in Hertfordshire, but research has shown three other locations that have used variations of the name. In Hampshire there was a place Kufele (transcribed as Cuflee or Cufley) in the description of the boundary to land at Abbotts Ann; which is south west of Andover. It is a grant to the 'New Monastery' by King Edward the Elder in the year 902 (Edwards, p338-339). Also in Hampshire there are Wills for members of the Marshall family (HRO) that refer to them being of Cufaud otherwise Cuffle, Basing. Basing is east of Basingstoke and Cufaud is north of Basingstoke near Sherfield Loddon. The OS map of 1817 refers to Cuffaud or Cuffell House and Cuffell East.
In Northumberland there were three fields shown on the Duke of Northumberland's estate map of 1624 called 'Cufleys meadow', 'Cufley' and 'East Cufleyes'. These are part of Bilton and Lesbury lands (Beckensall p27 & 30). There are no families; that we have found; that come out of Northumberland although some southern family members have travelled that far north.
A Newsletter is issued annually as a pdf file to any member of the 'family' that requests a copy. It includes reports on the current research and tells of members of the family that appear through history. The Newsletters in 2013 because of the research done was issued twice Number 31 and 32. Sudden influx of information has meant a further Newsletter No 33 was issued in January 2014.
Family Group Sheets (FGS) for each family that has been researched are available as a pdf files and can be obtained by sending your details requesting the appropriate FGS.
We have a YDNA project underway through 'Family Tree DNA'.The Y-DNA has shown the majority of the members have a J1 haplogroup which is typical of Anglo Saxons who migrated in Southern England. All these members have Hertfordshire and Middlesex ancestry. We thought they were of two different lines but the Y-DNA results have provided a riddle in that there appears to be a common ancestor.
The other test result has an R1 haplogroup that is dominant on the south coast and it is this family line that has the broken link in Ipswich. We suspect these members have Hampshire roots.
Of the FamilytreeDNA project group of the 18 members tested to 111 markers (April 2018) nearly half are CUFLEY/CUFFLEY surname, the majority are CROUCH surname with a few of various surnames that may indicate non parental events (NPE). The CROUCH and CUFLEY/CUFFLEY links appear to be pre-surname connections in the North West Hertfordshire and East Bedfordshire parishes and manors, which is research in progress and still need to be proved.
If you are interested and wish to join our Y-DNA project please contact us and we will provide the details of how to join our group.
There is a website at http://www.cufley.co.uk/ that gives details of the CUF(F)LEY family as well as the Brickmakers Index.
Website with Family Tree DNA is www.familytreedna.com/public/CUFLEY-CUFFLEY/
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