The Chaffink name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Chaffink was originally a name given to someone who worked as a person who made baskets. The surname Chaffink is derived from the Old French words cofin
which in turn come from the Late Latin word cophinus,
which means basket. Occupational
names such as this one frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
The English word coffin
is a specialized development of this word which did not exist before the 16th century. The surname Chaffink may also be a nickname
derived from the Latin word calvus,
which means bald.
Early Origins of the Chaffink family
The surname Chaffink was first found in Devon
at Alwington, a parish, in the union of Bideford, hundred
of Shebbear, Great Torrington. "In the church [of Alwington], over the door of the chancel, is a curious ancient monument to a member of the Coffin family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Chaffink family
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Chaffink Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Chaffink are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Chaffink include: Coffin, Coffyn, Colvin, Caffin, Caffyn, Chafen, Chaffine and many more.
Early Notables of the Chaffink family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chaffink family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Chaffink or a variant listed above: Francis Coffin who settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Chaffink Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Extant recte factis praemia
Motto Translation: Rewards await right actions.