The history of the name Chaffinch goes back those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a bald man. The surname Chaffinch 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 Chaffinch family
The surname Chaffinch 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 Chaffinch family
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Chaffinch Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chaffinch family name include Chaffin, Chaffinch, Caffin and others.
Early Notables of the Chaffinch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chaffinch family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Chaffinch or a variant listed above:
Chaffinch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Chaffinch who settled in Connecticut in 1630