Draffin in County Monaghan Ireland is said to be a French Huguenot surname. See pg. 8 of "Full Circle: A Story of Ballybay Presbyterians", by David Nesbitt, 1999. Huguenot migrations to Ireland were especially numerous after events of 1572, 1628, & 1685. Huguenots..."were encouraged to settle in Ireland, not only in Ballybay...they made a noted contribution to Irish industry and had a far-reaching influence on national life." Draffin is said to be one of several Huguenot names ..."which have remained in the area until modern times."
My wife Kathryn has Draffin, Carson, Willson, and Irwin ancestry from Ballybay. I would appreciate any information on these surnames in County Monaghan. Thanks.
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