The English surname Huff is a topographic name for someone who lived by a spur of a hill, from the Old English term hoh (literally, ‘heel’). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Huff. This was dated 1379 in the Poll Tax returns of Yorkshire. Additional early examples of recordings taken from surviving rolls and registers include Thomas Hoofe in the Register of the Freeman of York City,and dated 1626, whilst on November 28th 1656, Katterne Houfe was christened at thew church of St. John the Baptist, Chester, Cheshire. The name is first recorded in the New World in Virginia in 1624 when the arrival of Francis Huff is recorded. Today there are approximately 54,000 bearers of the name Huff in the United States.
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