Chafee is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a bald headed man. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the French expression le chauve,
which means "the bald one."
Early Origins of the Chafee family
The surname Chafee was first found in Dorset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Chafee family
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Chafee 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 Chafee were recorded, including Chafy, Chafe, Chafee, Chafey, Chaff, Chaffe, Chaffee and many more.
Early Notables of the Chafee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chafee family to Ireland
Some of the Chafee family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Chafee family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Chafee family emigrate to North America: Thomas Chaffee who settled in Hingham Massachusetts in 1637 and moved to Swansea by 1660; Matthew Chaffee settled in Boston in 1630; James Chaffey settled in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name Chafee (post 1700)