Family name origins & meanings
- English : metonymic occupational name for a maker and seller of gloves or a nickname for a wearer of particularly fine gloves, from Middle English cuffe ‘glove’ (of uncertain origin; attested in this sense from the 14th century, with the modern meaning first in the 16th century).
- Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dhuibh, a variant of Mac Duibh ‘son of the black one’ (seeDuff).
- Irish : approximate translation of Gaelic Ó Doirnín (see Dornan).
- Cornish : nickname from Cornishcuf ‘dear’, ‘kind’.