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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.

Gaffin Early Origins



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.

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Gaffin Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gaffin Early History


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Gaffin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaffin research. Another 386 words (28 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.

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Gaffin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gaffin Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



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 Ameri ca. 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaffin (post 1700)


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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)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    2. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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    The Gaffin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaffin 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 17 November 2015 at 12:55.

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