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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Chaffee family have grown. The name Chaffee was given to a member of the family who was a bald headed man. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the French expression le chauve, which means "the bald one."

Chaffee Early Origins



The surname Chaffee 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.

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Chaffee Spelling Variations


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Chaffee Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chaffee family name include Chafy, Chafe, Chafee, Chafey, Chaff, Chaffe, Chaffee and many more.

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Chaffee Early History


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Chaffee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaffee research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chaffee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chaffee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chaffee Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chaffee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chaffee In Ireland


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Chaffee In Ireland



Some of the Chaffee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Chaffee surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Chaffee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Chaffee settled in Boston in 1630
  • Thomas Chaffee who settled in Hingham Massachusetts in 1637 and moved to Swansea by 1660

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chaffee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chaffee (post 1700)



  • Emory Leon Chaffee (1885-1975), American physicist and a former professor at Harvard University
  • Calvin Clifford Chaffee (1811-1896), American doctor and politician
  • Adna Romanza Chaffee Jr. (1884-1941), major general in the United States Army
  • Jerome Bonaparte Chaffee (1825-1886), entrepreneur and United States Senator
  • Douglas Stewart Chaffee (1936-2011), American artist
  • Suzanne "Suzy" Chaffee (b. 1946), former American Olympic alpine ski racer and actress
  • Adna Romanza Chaffee (1842-1914), Lieutenant General in the United States Army
  • Lieutenant Commander Roger B. Chaffee (1935-1967), former NASA Astronaut killed during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission

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Chaffee Historic Events


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Chaffee Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Carrie Constance Chaffee, (née Toogood), aged 47, American First Class passenger from Amenia, North Dakota who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
  • Mr. Hubert Fuller Chaffee (d. 1912), aged 46, American First Class passenger from Amenia, North Dakota who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Chaffee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chaffee Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 21 September 2016 at 09:50.

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