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Chauvin Family Crest / Chauvin Coat of Arms

Chauvin Family Crest / Chauvin Coat of Arms

This surname of CHAUVIN was a nickname, originally derived from the Old French word CHAUF, meaning 'bald'. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and the earliest of the name on record appears to be Richard CHAUFIN, who was recorded in 1273 in Northumberland. Richard CAFFYN was documented in County Sussex in 1327. The name is also spelt CHAFEN, CHAUVINS, CAFFIN and CAFFYN. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. A branch of the family was established in America by Tristram Coffyn (1606-81) who founded the colony of Nantucket. He emigrated in 1642, and is probably the ancestor of all American bearers of the name. Early records mention Henry Coffyn, who was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377), County Somerset. Thomas Chafyn registered at Oxford University in the year of 1505. Robert Gilbert and Mary Coffen were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1788. John Caffin and Isabella Blandell were married at the same church in 1794. Many modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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