Gaffin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Gaffin has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Gaffin is "O Gamhna." However, the name was also used as an Anglicized form by the septs of O Caibheanaigh, Mac Conghamhna, and Mac Carrghamhna.

Early Origins of the Gaffin family

The surname Gaffin was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Gaffin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaffin research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1270 are included under the topic Early Gaffin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gaffin Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Gaffin can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Gaffney, Gafney, Gaffeney, Gaffeny, Gafferny, Gaffin, Gaffnay, Gaffny, Caulfields, Keveneys and many more.

Early Notables of the Gaffin family (pre 1700)

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Gaffin migration to the United States

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Gaffin name:

Gaffin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Gaffin, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gaffin (post 1700)

  • Jennifer Gaffin, American actress, known for Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown (1981), The Slayer (1982) and CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)
  • Sam Gaffin, American director and actor, known for The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn (2015) and The Killer Robots and the Battle for the Cosmic Potato (2009)
  • Lauri Gaffin, American Art Directors Guild Award nominated set decorator, known for her work on Iron Man (2008), Fargo (1996) and Thor (2011)
  • Richard B. Gaffin Jr., American Calvinist theologian, Charles Krahe Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Melanie Gaffin (b. 1972), American Young Artist Award winning actress, known for The Entity (1982), Whiz Kids (1983) and Armed and Dangerous (1986)

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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