Last name origins & meanings:
- English (of Norman origin): descriptive nickname for a bald man,
from Middle English chaffin, a diminutive of Old French
chauf ‘bald’ (Latin calvus).
- All present-day English bearers of the name Chaffin are descended
from John Chaffin (died 1658), a blacksmith of Bruton, Somerset. The
surname is now much more common in America than in England.
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