Caffyn is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was a name given to a bald man. The surname Caffyn is a diminutive derived from the Old French words chauf
which both mean bald.
This is ultimately derived from the Latin word calvus,
which has the same meaning. The words chauf
are supplemented by the suffixes in
which have several variations and are two of the most common diminutive suffixes.
Early Origins of the Caffyn family
The surname Caffyn 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." 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 Caffyn family
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Caffyn Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Caffyn were recorded, including Chaffin, Chaffinch, Caffin and others.
Early Notables of the Caffyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Caffyn family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Caffyn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- W. Caffyn, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sydenham" in 1870