Dumfries Surname Origin
A town in Scotland on the river Nith, and said to be so called from the Gaelic Dun, a castle, and Dutch vrows, women--the castle or retreat of the women, a nunnery. I think rather it is derived from Dunfrith, the castle in the forest; Gaelic, Dun, a castle, and frith, a deerforest.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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