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Duncalf Duncalfe Duncuff Duncuft

Worldwide One-name Study of 28 years standing. Also includes Duncalfe, Duncuff and Duncuft, proven variants of Duncalf.

Location: GOONS
Members: 8
Latest Activity: Nov 4, 2017

About the Duncalf Group

The gentleman whose picture appears above is Isaac Duncalf (1747-1810) who lived in Hitchin Hertfordshire; his ancestors came from Penkridge in Staffordshire. He appears to have been quite a character. The picture was drawn by Samuel Lucas who evidently knew Isaac.

The Duncalf coat of arms (argent a chevron gules between three calves sable) was granted to a Thomas Duncalf, a lawyer, who lived between about 1420 and 1480 at Foxwist, near Prestbury in Cheshire. Thomas was Sheriff of Cheshire in 1460. There is a similar coat of arms in the church of Patrington in East Yorkshire, where one of his descendants lived. As there is no-one living who can prove a connection with these Duncalfs, the coat of arms cannot be used by any living Duncalf family. However, I hope someday to prove a connection between the living familes and this illustrious Cheshire family. To turn to the present, I have been researching these names now for 28 years and have collected a mass of information from all over the world. I will be very pleased to hear from anyone else who is researching the name, wherever they may live, and am always delighted to share and receive information.

2009 is the 25th anniversary of the very first Duncalf newsletter that was sent to all the Duncalfs who I found in the UK telephone directories. Many of the people that I wrote to in 1984 are still corresponding with me, and many are subscribers to my one-name newsletter, the Duncalf Dossier, that is published twice a year and may be received for a small annual subscription. Many interesting and diverse stories about Duncalfs past and present have appeared in the Dossier over the years.

If you are a Duncuff or a Duncuft you can be assured that at one time your ancestors were called Duncalf as I have solid evidence for the change of name at a specific time. There is a brief outline of many of the separate families I have researched in the Comments section. Why not browse and see if you can spot your Duncalf family.

Please get in touch with me if you are researching any of these names, and I invite you also to read the Duncalf Profile on the website of the Guild of One-Name Studies (link given above) to which I have belonged for many years.

You can contact me at

There is a Duncalf group on Facebook

Discussion Forum

Thomas Duncalf's petition 1470s

Started by Anne Cole Jul 31, 2010. 0 Replies

Cornwall Families

Started by Anne Cole. Last reply by Catherine Frendo Jul 28, 2010. 6 Replies

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Comment by Anne Cole on November 4, 2017 at 12:04pm

Hi Brenda, it's been along time since I've been here! Everyone is stuck on this Mary, who was apparently a widow when she married Peter Lester and therefore not a Duncalf by birth. There are a great many Mary Duncalfs around at that time and it is impossible to know which one is this Mary. 

Comment by Brenda Smith on November 4, 2017 at 11:42am

My 8th Great Grandmother was Mary Duncalf born c1644 and was married to Peter Lester (variation Leister) and she died 1742 Arlingham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. I know that Peter came from Leichestershire England but they married in Chester Pennsylvania. I am at a brick wall with Mary's ancestors.

Comment by Catherine Frendo on July 26, 2010 at 6:46pm
My Duncalf line is from Cornwall mainly from Redruth amd Gunwalloe. I would be interested in contacting any one else researching Cornwall Duncalfs and exchanging data. My first Duncalf ancestor is my 5x Great Grandmother Mary Duncalf b. 1722 Redruth.
Comment by Anne Cole on July 27, 2009 at 2:38am
Louise, you are family 14 - see page two of the comments - I have briefly outlined each family in the comments. Just above here is the Discussion Forum where you can start a discussion by clicking on +StartDiscussion. I have already started one on Cornwall Families.
Comment by louise duncalf on July 26, 2009 at 1:32pm
how do you do that? what family number am i?
Comment by Anne Cole on July 26, 2009 at 1:18pm
Hi Louise,

Why not start a discussion on your US/Yorkshire Duncalf line?
Comment by louise duncalf on July 25, 2009 at 5:12pm
hi anne i finally joined dont know what to do
Comment by Anne Cole on July 20, 2009 at 10:48am
Perhaps it will be better if we use the Start Discussion for individual families. The title of the discussion will stay at the top of the page whereas the comments will disappear downwards and eventually off the page!
Comment by Dick Richards on July 20, 2009 at 10:37am
My great grandmother Mary Duncalf Hicks was born in Redruth, Cornwall 1843. Her father Thomas Duncalf and mother Mary Wollcock also born in Redruth. I thiks and would enjoy further information on thier life
Comment by Anne Cole on July 20, 2009 at 10:34am
Hi Dick, thanks for joining. Now the Cornwall Duncalfs are represented too!

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