Chafan is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is a name for a bald man. The surname Chafan 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 Chafan family
The surname Chafan 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 Chafan family
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Chafan Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Chafan has been recorded under many different variations, including Chaffin, Chaffinch, Caffin and others.
Early Notables of the Chafan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chafan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Chafan or a variant listed above: John Chaffinch who settled in Connecticut in 1630; Daniel Chaffin arrived in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants; Fortune Chaffin arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827..