Cheff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Cheff is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a bald headed man. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the French expression le chauve, which means "the bald one."
Early Origins of the Cheff family
The surname Cheff was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cheff family
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Cheff Spelling Variations
Cheff has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Cheff have been found, including Chafy, Chafe, Chafee, Chafey, Chaff, Chaffe, Chaffee and many more.
Early Notables of the Cheff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cheff family to Ireland
Some of the Cheff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cheff family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cheffs to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Chaffee who settled in Hingham Massachusetts in 1637 and moved to Swansea by 1660; Matthew Chaffee settled in Boston in 1630; James Chaffey settled in New England in 1762.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cheff (post 1700) +
- Vaughn Cheff, American politician, Mayor of River Rouge, Michigan, 1972-73 
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