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Caffin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Caffin comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a bald man. The surname Caffin is a diminutive derived from the Old French words chauf and cauf, which both mean bald. This is ultimately derived from the Latin word calvus, which has the same meaning. The words chauf and cauf are supplemented by the suffixes in or on, which have several variations and are two of the most common diminutive suffixes.


Early Origins of the Caffin family


The surname Caffin was first found in Dorset where branches of the family were found in Chettle and Folke. Chettle dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Ceotel and probably was derived from the Old English word ceotel, meaning "deep valley." Folke dates back to 1244 where it was derived from the Old English word folc, which meant people, as in "land held by the people." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Early History of the Caffin family


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Caffin Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Caffin has undergone many spelling variations, including Chaffin, Chaffinch, Caffin and others.

Early Notables of the Caffin family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Caffin family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Caffin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr. W. Caffin, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1868 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html

Contemporary Notables of the name Caffin (post 1700)


  • Jean Alexandre Caffin, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jean Caffin. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jean Caffin. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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