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Various theories surround the origins of the Daffern surname. Here are a few…

Here are some older Dafferns of note…
John Daffern (1838 – 1922)
John Daffern was a Farmer and Chairman of Bedworth parish council. more

Thomas Mason Daffern (c1855 – ?)
Thomas Daffern was the founder of the Coventry Permanent Economic Building Society and Dafferns Chartered Accountants. more

Oldest recorded Daffern?
Richard Daffarne was a weaver born 1535, Claybrook, Leicestershire, died 27/3/1582 in Leicestershire. Was married to Sibble (Sybble) Bayley. Sibbel Dafferne (died 18/12/1577).

Some more contemporary Dafferns…
Tony Daffern
Tony Daffern was the first to climb Horseshoe Mountain in Canada (which he named) in 1973. The mountain is 3,090m (10,138ft.) and he also wrote many books on avalanche safety (books on Amazon.co.uk).

Brian Daffern
Brian Daffern is the author of the “Prince Albert” series of books amongst others.

Willy Daffern
Willy Daffern (Willie Dee) was the drummer / vocalist in 70s band Captain Beyond (and others).

James Daffern
Actor in various UK TV series including Casualty, Emmerdale and Doctors.

Eileen Daffern (1914-2012)
Eileen Daffern was a prominent nuclear disarmament activist and campaigner.

Thomas Clough Daffern
Thomas Clough Daffern is the Director and Coordinator of the HumanDHS Cross-Cultural Linguistics for Equal Dignity Project. He is also the Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy (IIPSGP), Wales and London, UK.

More Daffern trivia…
Daffern “major method”
I found this reference to the “Daffern” method on a web site about church bell ringing.
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, February 2006
Delight Major methods
I sent an e-mail to the web site author and got the following response (e-mail 10/2/2006)

I am currently researching the Daffern family and I came across a reference to “Daffern” in your web pages on Delight Major Methods.
I would be grateful for any information that you could give me on why this method is named Daffern or where I might look to research this topic further.
The method was named in a peal at St Peter’s Church, Claybrooke, Leics, on Monday 6th November 1995 and reported in The Ringing World of 8th December 1995, page 1252. It was rung in memory of the late Mrs Beatrice Daffern Seal, who paid for the augmentation of the bells from four to eight in 1929, on the anniversary of her birthday.

For campenologists, here is the notatation. I would be grateful if anyone could explain this to me…







Tower bells



RW ref

Daffern – 38 – 14 – 1258 – 1236 – 14 – 18 – 56.12. 78 12 b BDO


Claybrooke 95/1252


7 Responses to Web links

  1. Dennis Glenn Barnes says:

    Hello, I am adopted and have recently viewed my original birth certificate. I was born on 9th september 1961 in Edinburgh and registered as Glenn Daffern. I was adopted when I was 11 months old. On my birth certificate it only names my mother as Alice Mary Elliot or Daffern of 48 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh. I have yet to view the adoption court records to ascertain my birth father’s name although one would suspect it will be “Daffern”. I was hoping you may have come across any connections to this area or names during your research.

  2. admin says:

    Hi, I don’t have your ancestors in my tree but you may find some freely available data such as births marriages and deaths as well as census records online. I would be interested to keep in touch if you can trace any Dafferns in your ancestry.

    • Dennis G Barnes says:

      I will let you know how things progress. I need to view my adoption records first, then get the adoption agency to help me trace my roots etc. Thank you for the reply.

  3. Rosemary Clifford says:

    Hello. Regarding your family tree. What was the connection between the Daffern family and the Hignell family. My mother was Frances Hignell and she died in 1994 having lived in Oxfordshire for at least 55 years. Hilda and Lally Hignell both lived in Stonehouse Gloucestershire until their deaths. Look forward to hearing from you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Rosemary, My wife’s grandfather was Ernest Clifford Hignell and he was Hilda and Lally’s brother. Ernest’s son John died a few years ago (sorry that the site isn’t 100% up to date) but Coralie and Marianne are in good health!

  4. Rosemary Clifford says:

    Hello. Thank you for replying. Is your wife researching her family tree? If so I may be able to fill in a few gaps. I knew Earnest Hignell as Uncle Clon and can remember visiting him with my mother just before he died in a nursing home.

  5. John Pratt says:

    Hi My great uncle was John Daffern born Birmingham UK 1900 killed in Iraq Feb. 1917 He was a Royal Welch Fusilier & is buried in the Amara War Cemetery. I have his war medals.

    John Pratt.

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