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This unusual and interesting name is of either English or Norman (French) origin. The English source is locational, where the surname derives from the place called "Cave" in East Yorkshire, recorded as "Cava" and in the Domesday Book of 1086. The placename derives from a river name, from the Old English pre 7th Century word "afe", quick, prompt, nimble. The second possible derivation is from the Norman "nickname" surname "Chauf" or "Cauf", derived from the Old French "chauf", bald, from the Latin "calvus", and used of a bald man. The variations of the modern surname from this source include "Chave", "Cave", and "Kave", and the surname is first recorded as Roger le Cauf, in The Curia Rolls of Cornwall, 1214...

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