Chaffin Family CrestThe English surname Chaffin, of Norman French origin, is a descriptive nickname for a bald man, deriving from the Middle English term chaffin, a diminutive of Old French chauf meaning “bald.” The name is first recorded in 1273 when Richard Chaufin is registered in the "Hundred Rolls of Nottingham." Additional early records include Richard Caffyn 1327, The Pipe Rolls of Sussex, and later Thomas Chafyn, The Register of Oxford University in 1505. The modern spellings are Chaffin, and Chaffen. Michael Chaffin settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637 and today there are approximately 10,000 bearers of the name Chaffin in the United States

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