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The name Chaffer is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a traveling merchant. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word ceapfaru, which appears in the Old English as chaffere and chaffar, a person engaged in traffic or trade of merchandise.

Chaffer Early Origins



The surname Chaffer was first found in Lancashire 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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Chaffer Spelling Variations


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Chaffer 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 Chaffer include Chaffers, Chaffer and others.

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Chaffer Early History


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Chaffer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaffer research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 174 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Chaffer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chaffer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chaffer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chaffer Notables 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



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 Chaffer were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Chaffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Chaffer arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • I Chaffer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chaffer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chaffer (post 1700)



  • Don Chaffer and Lori Chaffer, American founders of the Christian folk music band Waterdeep from Kansas City, Missouri
  • Lucy Chaffer (b. 1983), Australian skeleton racer at the 2014 Winter Olympics
  • Ross Chaffer (b. 1972), Australian bronze medalist sprint canoer at the 1997 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships
  • Norman Chaffer OAM, FRZS, RAOU (1899-1992), Australian businessman, a bird photographer and an amateur ornithologist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    11. ...

    The Chaffer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chaffer 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 4 April 2016 at 07:43.

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