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The name Chaffin is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a bald man. The surname Chaffin is a diminutive derived from the Old French words chauf and cauf, which both mean bald. This is ultimately derived from the Latin word calvus, which has the same meaning. The words chauf and cauf are supplemented by the suffixes in or on, which have several variations and are two of the most common diminutive suffixes.

Chaffin Early Origins



The surname Chaffin 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Chaffin Spelling Variations


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Chaffin Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Chaffin have been found, including Chaffin, Chaffinch, Caffin and others.

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Chaffin Early History


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Chaffin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaffin research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1627, 1628 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Chaffin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chaffin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chaffin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chaffin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Chaffin, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Chaffin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Michael Chaffin, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Daniel Chaffin arrived in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants

Chaffin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Chaffin, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Fortune Chaffin arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827
  • Thomas Chaffin, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • N Chaffin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Emma Chaffin, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1895

Chaffin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James A Chaffin, aged 7, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Philip Chaffin, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Lucien G. Chaffin, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Martha Chaffin, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Mrs. F. C. Chaffin, who settled in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chaffin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chaffin (post 1700)



  • Ceán Chaffin (b. 1957), American two-time Academy Award and British Academy Film Award nominated film producer
  • Jessica Chaffin, American actress and comedienne
  • Chad Chaffin (b. 1968), American NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Chaffin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chaffin 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.

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