Last name origin & meaning:
English: from Middle English delf ‘excavation’, ‘digging’
(Old English (ge)delf), hence a topographic name for someone
who lived by a ditch or quarry, a metonymic occupational name for a
ditch-cutter or quarryman, or alternatively a habitational name from
any of various places named with this word, as for example Delf in
Kent and Delph in Lancashire (now Greater Manchester) and Yorkshire.
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