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
a person engaged in traffic or trade of merchandise.
Early Origins of the Chaffer family
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.
Early History of the Chaffer family
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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.
Early Notables of the Chaffer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chaffer 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 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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