Chaffan is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a bald man. The surname Chaffan 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 Chaffan family
The surname Chaffan 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 Chaffan family
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Chaffan Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Chaffan include Chaffin, Chaffinch, Caffin and others.
Early Notables of the Chaffan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chaffan family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Chaffan were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..