The origins of the Chaffent surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a bald man. The surname Chaffent 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 Chaffent family
The surname Chaffent 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 Chaffent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaffent research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1627, 1628 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Chaffent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chaffent Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Chaffent has been spelled many different ways, including Chaffin, Chaffinch, Caffin and others.
Early Notables of the Chaffent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chaffent family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Chaffents to arrive in North America: 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..