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About the study

Welcome to The Tuff One-name Study.

If you have any comments, contributions or questions, I would be glad to hear from you. (contact details given below).

The Tuff One-name Study has grown out of the efforts of several researchers each attempting to trace their own Tuff roots.

Variant names

The registered variants of the name are Tuff, Tuffe and Tuffee. Arguably, Tuffs, Tuft and Tough may also be variants, but their genealogies appear to be distinct and have not yet been included within this study

Name origin

The origin of the name is uncertain but is likely to refer simply to the landmark feature of a clump of trees. A more satisfying - but totally unproven - origin would be a derivation from the French place-name Tuffe near Le Mans.

History of the name

JohnTuff. Vicar of Church of St. Mary, Lamberhurst, Kent in 1409.

Charles Tuff MP for Rochester between 1903 and 1906

Name frequency

There were around 450 Tuff s in the 1881 census for England and Wales and around 80 in the US at that time. Numbers have not changed dramatically in the subsequent censuses.

Distribution of the name

In the UK, at least until the 20th century, the name Tuff was concentrated in Kent (where 30% of the Tuff families lived), Essex and London (15%), Durham and Northumberland (10%) and Somerset (5%) with the remaining occurances being spread thinly elsewhere.


All entries for the name Tuff from the General Register Office BMD Indexes for England and Wales from 1837 onwards have been uploaded onto the Guild web site and are available for searches.

All entries for the name Tuff in the IGI have been extracted

All wills and administrations in England and Wales have been extracted from the National Index between 1858 and 1904.

The census records for England and Wales are being examined to identify links between successive censuses for each Tuff family household. Currently, this work covers the period 1871 to 1901.

Pedigrees established by Tuff researchers so far reveal at least three independent ancestral roots in the 17th century (2 Kentish and one in Wiltshire). However, there are numerous references to as-yet isolated individuals in Parish Registers and other archives.