name Chyffin comes from a place name. Some instances derive from the hamlet of Cyffin, in the county of Montgomery, while others come from the parish of Gyffin, in the county of Carnarvon. The Welsh
word "cyffin" means "limit" or "confine."
Early Origins of the Chyffin family
The surname Chyffin was first found in Montgomeryshire
(Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn), located in mid-Eastern Wales
, one of thirteen historic counties, and anciently the medieval kingdom of Powys
Wenwynwyn, 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 Chyffin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chyffin research.Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1616 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Chyffin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chyffin Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Chyffin have included Kyffin, Kiffin, Cuffin, Cyffin and others.
Early Notables of the Chyffin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chyffin family to Ireland
Some of the Chyffin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chyffin family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Chyffin: David Kiffin settled in Virginia in 1635.