Chaffin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Chaffin family

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]

Early History of the Chaffin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaffin research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1627, 1628, 1714, 1600, 1666, 1600, 1641, 1602, 1688 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Chaffin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Chaffin family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Chaffin, High Sheriff of Dorset in 1627; and Matthew Caffyn (1628-1714), an English General Baptist preacher and writer from Horsham, Sussex. "He was the seventh son of Thomas Caffin, by Elizabeth his wife. In Lower's 'Worthies of Sussex' it is erroneously said that 'his father was a German;' the family existed in the neighbourhood at an early date." [2] Thomas Chiffinch (1600-1666), was Keeper of...
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United States Chaffin migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • Daniel Chaffin, who 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 [3]
  • Fortune Chaffin, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827
  • Thomas Chaffin, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [3]
  • N Chaffin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Lucien G. Chaffin, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Martha Chaffin, who immigrated 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.)

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


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)


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