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This Genealogy site is dedicated into the research and history of the names Cairnduff & Carnduff, and the many variants. Please add to what has been gathered so far and help to preserve and expand our family history for others in the future. If you need assistance in your own research, or any information to contribute please contact me through the form below or Email, and I will try to help.

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The Scottish surname Cairnduff, Carnduff and variants, is a rare surname of locative origin, deriving from the name of the place where the initial bearer once lived or held lands, thus affording him suitable means of identity in his local community.

Over time the surname could change, Carnduff, Carnduf, Cairnduf, Cairnduffe, Cairnduff. the changes in spelling occurred, even between father and sons. I have also included some names which may be relevant due to locality and situation eg: Carduff, Cardiff, and all entries in this site are as the source record and have not been altered.

Origin of the Surname.

The first mention of the name is in the Royal Seal of Scotland,and land named Cairnduff was given for services to King Robert 2nd of Scotland by John Lyndesay. The text is obviously a charter given by King Robert 2nd of Scotland, In all likelihood this was Robert 2nd, grandson of Robert Bruce, and John Lyndesay was probably the warrior knight who is mentioned for his bravery at the battle of Otterburn in 5 August 1388.

Below is a link to an online book by Leonard Allison Morrison, 1843-1902,on the Allison Family and the Cairnduff lands in Avondale.It also gives early instances of the Cairnduff surname. There is a search Facility on the top right hand side but use the search facility below to access inside this book, the search link will appear after a few seconds..(type in cairnduff). click on the link below.

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