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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."

Cheff Early Origins



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.

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Cheff Spelling Variations


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Cheff Spelling Variations



Cheff has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Chafy, Chafe, Chafee, Chafey, Chaff, Chaffe, Chaffee and many more.

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Cheff Early History


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Cheff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cheff research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cheff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cheff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cheff Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cheff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cheff In Ireland


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Cheff In Ireland



Some of the Cheff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cheff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cheff (post 1700)



  • Vaughn Cheff, American politician, Mayor of River Rouge, Michigan, 1972-73

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Cheff Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Cheff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cheff 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 8 December 2015 at 11:33.

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