I have also been doing some research into our family name and, like Brian, I have found that the name Raffan originates from the town of Rathven in the north east of Scotland and in fact one of my ancestors used that spelling for his surname. There were also other spellings such as Raffin as well.
Last year I visited the small town of Rathven and found a book on it's history which claims that the name of the town is Gaelic in origin, rather than from the viking source.
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