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This is a patronymic "the son of Dumphy" - a petform of the Olde French personal name Humfrey (now spelt Humphrey). The name was introduced into England by the Normans and is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Hunfridus and Humfridus. The name bearers most likely being followers of William the Conqueror who had been granted lands. The name means bear (hun) and peace (frid). In the modern idiom the name is spelt Dumphy, Dunphy and Dunphie with the forms Dumphrey, Dumphries and Dumphry being synonyms.

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