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Chafin is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a bald man. The surname Chafin 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.

Chafin Early Origins



The surname Chafin 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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Chafin Spelling Variations


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Chafin Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Chafin has appeared include Chaffin, Chaffinch, Caffin and others.

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Chafin Early History


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Chafin Early History



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

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Chafin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chafin Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Chafin arrived in North America very early:

Chafin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alex C Chafin, aged 50, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Esther M. Chafin, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Wilbur R. Chafin, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chafin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chafin (post 1700)



  • Harry Truman Chafin (b. 1945), American politician, Democratic member of the West Virginia Senate
  • Don Chafin (1887-1954), American sheriff of Logan County, West Virginia and commander in the Battle of Blair Mountain
  • Cleve Chafin (1885-1959), American carnival musician who recorded old-time music during the 1920s
  • Eugene Wilder Chafin (1852-1920), United States politician from the Prohibition Party

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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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Chafin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chafin 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.

This page was last modified on 23 November 2016 at 15:28.

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