Other Kiffins

Is your name also Kiffin or are you also named after Kiffin Yates Rockwell, or then again perhaps you have something to do with him in one way or the other? If your answer to this question is yes, then I invite you to take part in my facebook group for all the other Kiffins in the world.

Kiffin Messages

Believe it or not, there are other people out there with the first name of Kiffin who are also named after Kiffin Yates Rockwell or those that in one way or another feel some other bond with him. We all share this privilege and are pretty proud to be carrying this name in honor of a fallen American hero. I would like to use this page to collect the names I discover and add their comments. I also include messages from others who in one way or the other have something to do with Kiffin Yates Rockwell. This is an attempt to bring all those Kiffins et al. together. Maybe in the future we could even organize some kind of yearly seminar in Luxeuil-les-Bains where Kiffin is buried. Have a look below:


This is amazing!! I have had the same struggle growing up with people mispronouncing my name. I am named after Kiffin! He is my great Uncle. I really enjoyed this article.

Kiffen Rockwell

Kiffin, The memorial is something to see. It suffers a bit for neglect. I wish the US government would chip in a couple million to spiff it up.

I could tell from your site that you loved and admired your father, as I did mine. He was in the D-Day invasion, and the main purpose of my trip to France a couple of years ago was the 70th anniversary of the invasion. We even found the place in southern Normandy where he was wounded. We also visited Verdun, the ancient fortress city of eastern France, and Bastogne in Belgium, the focal point for the Battle of the Bulge, and where Easy Company of the 101st Airbourne were pinned down for a week in the woods near the town.

If you ever visit Normandy, you must try to go during D-Day week. Thousands of "soldiers" in WWII combat uniforms, trucks, jeeps, half tracks and motorcycles. And dozens of pop-up museums. A site to see.

I'm a bit disappointed in our news service here in Asheville. I have emailed and left VM at the TV and newspaper, but no one seems interested in this remarkable story. If anything comes of this, I'll be sure to forward you clips.

Gary Blair

Kiffen, I live in Asheville, NC the hometown of Kiffin Rockwell. I found your site via Google. As you may know, this week is the 100th anniversary of Kiffin Rockwell being shot down in France. I am trying to get the local paper and TV station to run stories about him. I, like you, have visited Luxeuil-les-Bains, as well as Verdun and the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial in Paris, where Kiffin's body, along with all the other American pilots were moved in the late 1920's. I am enjoying your site, especially the information about Kiffin Rockwell.

Gary Blair

Hello Kiffin. I enjoyed reading your story and dedication to Kiffin Yates Rockwell. I live in Morristown, TN where there is a marker for KYR in the cemetery where his family is buried. I came across this marker and few years ago became interested in KYR when I noticed that he died in aerial combat in France in 1916, almost a year before the U.S. entered the war. Since then I read his war letters and visited the archives that house his correspondence and memorabilia. I have become quite fascinated with Kiffin's story and I am making a number of documentary presentations on Kiffin in 2016 and I would like to talk to you about my presentation. If you don't mind, you can reach me by email or feel free to call me.

Best regards, Marc

Hi Kiffin! That's the first time I've ever said those words!

My dad came across KYR in a book called "Flying Aces of WWI" by Gene Gurney when he was ten years old and decided to name his future son that someday.

I grew up in a little town called McBain, Michigan where my grandfather moved to in the 1970's. Originally my family is from Holland, Michigan and I have mostly Dutch blood.

I am currently a student at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan where I major in nursing.

I think your idea to have a 'get together' of all the Kiffins someday sounds awesome. Message me back if you can!

Kiffin Smallegan

Great link! I've enjoyed being connected, virtually, to you and other Kiffins. A ladies historical society in North Carolina wrote an article about how Kiffn YR got his names. He was my 3rd cousin 3 times removed. I was named after him too. He was named for William Kiffin, which supported a long argument for me that Kiffin was a Welsh name; the double "ff" is the standard F sound. A single F makes the V sound. I was pleased to make that discovery because I was swamped by people who could not get my name right. I began to feel like I was mispronouncing my own name. Just memories now, totally love the name and my son wears it too.

Siain Kfin Airs

Heard of Kiffin while watching special features on the young Indiana jones episode that features the escadrille. Very informative and helpful site. Thanks.

Don Martin

My cousin is called Kiffin, it's an odd name and he used to be teased about it at school. If you google Kiffin they are one or two around actually.


Have just finished ready your info. about KYR. I knew his brother Paul and several other family members. Your site is excellent.

I would like to make one small correction. KYR was actually born in Newport, TN (Cocke County), when his father pastored First Baptist Church here. Later his mother was principal of Newport Grammar School for one year prior to returning to college to pursue a medical degree. The old Baptist parsonage in which Kiffin was born still stands on Woodlawn Avenue. A state historical marker at the corner of Broadway and Woodlawn Avenue calls attention to that fact.

Duay O'Neil

Kiffin Rockwell's exploits, and those of the Escadrille, are also detailed in the novel "To The Last Man," Jeff Shaara, Random House, 2004, ISBN 0-345-46134-7.

The first edition, on pp. 85-91, has an account of Rockwell's birthday premonition and his last flight with Lufbery.

Your forbear performed a great service for his country. Congratulations on bearing his name, even though you didn't know it as you were growing up (g).

-- best, Howard P. Henson

Well - I am writing under false pretenses!! I am going to be getting a Welsh Pembroke Corgi puppy and have been researching Welsh words and names and have chosen Kyffin! I just ran across your entry on the web and thought I would respond!!


I hadn't realized Kiffin was a masculine name. I was named after a female Kiffin (my parents dropped an "f") who was a personal friend of my parents and exhibited character qualities my parents hoped I would develop. I have since heard of 3 other female Kiffins who were named after this same woman. I had been told it was a Norwegian name, but never had any proof of that, nor have I ever been able to find what it means. I see you trace it to the Eelsh - do you know what it means??


I am not named Kiffin, but if I ever have a son that is what I am naming him. I attended Washington and Lee University School of Law and there is a commemorative plaque on the wall of Lee Chapel dedicated to him. I saw the name and fell in love with it. Alas, my wife and I have only daughters (three)! But if we ever have a son, we have already selected his name.

Mark M. Trapp


Although my given name is Lewis Charles Emanuel, I chose Kiffin as my Confirmation name in 1985. After reading Heroes of the Sunlit Sky by Arch Whitehouse, I became a huge fan of KYR.

A quick word about my given name: In most Italian households, the firstborn son is named after the paternal grandfather. In my case, Luigi Emanuelle (which my father had Anglicized to Emanuel during WWII), was a huge bone of contention with my mother. When the nurse in the neonatal ward of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC wanted to know the baby's name, my mother replied, "Louis Charles Emanuel". The nurse immediately asked her which spelling of the first name was to be used, my mother, in all of her obstinacy replied, maliciously, "Lewis".

My middle name was given as a tribute to Father Charles Hearth, of St. Fortunata's Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, NY. It was by a derivative of Charles that I was known for the first thirty-nine years of my life (my Mother called me "Chuck", but to most others I was "Chuckie", "Charlie" or even "Manny" - since my family name is Emanuel.

In 1985, when I was Confirmed, the Bishop and I went around and around for several minutes, as he had never heard of a St. Kiffin. I told him that the name was a Welsh variant of Kevin and he finally relented. Hence, I am now known as Kiffin, a name I wear with pride. I have grown accustomed to explaining the origin of the name to new acquaintances as well as (newly acquired) family members (through marriage).

Thanks for the Kiffin site (and thanks to Google for finding it for me). Keep up the good work!

Chuck a/k/a Kiffin Emanuel

My great-great grandmother was Sarah Rockwell, daughter of Chester Rockwell and she married David Needham Gore. They lived in Columbus County NC. As a child, I met Paul Rockwell who came to see my maternal grandmother. She always talked about Paul and Kiffin. Recently, I was at the Flight Museum in Seattle. It has a wonderful section on WWI.

Where are you located? I would love to write an article for OUR STATE, the NC magazine on Kiffin Rockwell. I have written several articles for magazines...your site is really very good.

I am a retired librarian in Ca. and was a history major graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and a Master's degree from Stephen F. Autin University in Texas.

Gayle Garrison

Hello! I found your site interesting, seeing as how my first name is Kyffin. (Pronunciation rhymes with Kitten.) I was googling my name and found this site. I thought it was very interesting, but I disagree, Kyffin is very unique! Just thought I would introduce you to another Kyffin!

Kyffin Webb
Lexington, Kentucky

I am a soon-to-be-made-to-retire airline pilot in dallas. Flew combat in Viet Nam. My great-grandfather was Enoch Shaw Ayres, grandfather Elias Tyler Ayres, who was Luala Rockwell's brother. Aunt Luala was in the first class of osteopathic doctors. My mother, who is still alive at 88, (drives, plays bridge, still lives at the old homeplace) has related several stories about the Rockwells and I will try to remember some. If any one of your readers is interested in contacting her, I can patch. When aunt Luala started DO school, K and brother Paul went to live w/ their grandparents but fought so badly that Kiffin was sent to live with my grandparents. My mother, at 88, is too young to have known him. Kiffin and Paul joined the French Foreign legion together, fought in the trenches, were both injured, and Paul went to Paris and stayed with a Marquis, or whatever the French nobles were called, and from there wrote the only accurate history of the esquidrille. I had and cannot find a book of letters K wrote to Paul. Please feel free to post this & my address to interested patrons.

John Thompson

BTW my son was to be named Kiffin Rockwell Thompson, but wife's dad died & I got pre-empted. Enjoyed your site. Cheers, JT

I sent an email last night about KR but not on this venue, I guess. Kiffin's mother was my great aunt Luala, sister to Elias Tyler Ayres, my mother's father. He lived for a while with my grandparents while his mother was in school, studying to become a DO. My mom, who is 88 years old today (Nov 6) was too young to remember Kiffin, but I remember My aunt Luala and also remember meeting Paul back in the early fifties. KR has always been of great interest to me, and a hero. I am a pilot---flew B-52's in Nam--and soon to retire from Southwest Airlines. We were to name my son Kiffin Rockwell Thompson, but My wife's dad died right when he was born and I was pre-empted. The Ayres family has good genes, Kiffin's mother lived to late 90's as did many of his relatives. My mom keeps some ties with Cousin Paul's family and I think I saw a g-g niece on one of your globs. I am pleasantly surprised to find so much interest in Kiffin rockwell and ask kindly that you keep me in the loop! BTW --- there is a plan to rename the Asheville Hendersonville airport in honor of KR and General Morgan, another AVL hero, in the near future.

Come to Texas and visit!

John Thompson

I'm French and a former fighter pilot from the La Fayette Escadrille (1972 - 1978) because as you probably don't know the La Fayette Escadrille still exists ! and is located at LUXEUIL !!! I have flown Mirage III E in those days and now they fly Mirage 2000. And the Sioux is still the insigna on our birds. And we have also created in 1976 for the 60th anniversary an association I'm vice-president of, including the names of Thenault and Rockwell, linked with the La Fayette Escadrille Memorial at Marnes La Coquette (near Paris) built in 1920 in association between the French and the American remaining people from the early days. In 1976 for the 60th anniversary of the Escadrille creation we organized a big show at Luxeuil AFB, and for this occasion I met Paul Rockwell (his brother), his family and Charles Dolan II, the last surviving pilot of the initial American Escadrille who died in 1982. Just a quick word about Kiffin Rockwell's tomb. Don't worry about, because every year we have a ceremony in the cemetery of Luxeuil with the staff of the La Fayette Squadron and many of old chaps and sometimes some American officials and we never miss to put some flowers in memory of the early members of our Escadrille. Sorry about what you call "a metal structure". It is not very decorative, but it is an old souvenir from a ceremony a few years after the 2nd World War. Your site is nice and I'm happy to see that despite the fact that you are not from the air family you keep alive in your heart the memory and wear the name of one of those who came in France to help us to save freedom. We won't forget them.

Kind regards,

Claude Louvigné
Vice-President of the Association de l'Escadrille La Fayette
Souvenir Thenault - Rockwell

I was performing a web search for the name Kiffin when I came across your "Kiffin's Blog". I, too, am familiar with Kiffin Yates Rockwell. My deceased father, who was an amateur aviator, named me after him. Rockwell was born in raised in Asheville, NC, which is about an hour away from where I grew up in Spartanburg, SC. I now live in Colorado. I very much love my name "Kiffin". However, I can't find any information at all as to its origination or derivation. I have a feeling though that it must be an Old Norse or Gaelic/Celtic form of the modern day "Kevin": KEVIN (m) Anglicized form of the name Caoimhin, which means "handsome child" from Gaelic caomh "handsome" combined with a diminutive suffix. Saint Caoimhin established a monastery in Ireland and is the patron saint of Dublin; or perhaps KIEFER (m) From a surname meaning "barrel maker" (German), see http://www.behindthename.com/k.html.

Reading your entries, I was struck by how you also have vivid dreams. Perhaps that is one characteristic of persons named Kiffin. My dreams are fluid, lucid, impactful, and often influence my actions during the day. As far as dream interpretation goes, I'm a Jungian. That is, I believe that the unconscious mind is highly insightful and offers us advice and warnings in our dreams --- both of which are to be heeded.

Anyway, it's nice to know there's another Kiffin out there.

Kiffin Hope

Hi, Kiffin.

I'm sure that you know of this book, but I will nevertheless mention it to you. My late father came across the figure Kiffin Yates Rockwell in a book he was reading on World War I aviators. The title of the book is They Fought for the Sky by Quentin Reynolds. I still have the original copy that my father had --- and from which he was inspired to name me Kiffin. Also, in the mid 1980's I attended music school at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, North Carolina --- Kiffin Yates Rockwell's hometown. On Merrimon Avenue in Asheville there is a roadside historical marker dedicated to Kiffin Y.R. I have a photo of it somewhere.

Have a wonderful weekend.

R. Kiffin Hope

Hello Gish,

It's nice to hear from you again and to know that you are active on the internet.

It's true that I have not been active as I would like to be on my web site. Let's blame it on lack of time and energy, but I intend to be more active.

Concerning the sale of my domain name: I really enjoy it's use on email etc. and do not wish to part with it. Are you aware that Kiffin.net, Kiffin.biz, Kiffin.us, Kiffin.tv are all available.

You said you are named after Kiffin Rockwell . . . how did your parents find this name?

I have pictures of Kiffin Rockwell's birth place in Tennessee and his home in Ashville, NC. If you are interested in these I can send them to you.

I wish you good fortune in developing na website on Kiffin.net and I will be looking for it.
Kiffin Gilbert


I received your email and I am wonderfully surprised. I am terribly busy right now but I promise I will get back to you soon. As you can see, I have not done much with the web site, but I hope to correct that soon.

Really good hearing from you.

Kiffin Gilbert

Hey Kiffin,

I just came across your site. I don't know how I have missed it. It has been an ongoing search of mine as well to find our name. I too was named after Kiffin Rockwell, neat.

I'm 27, live in Atlanta, GA, and a distant cousin of Kiffin's.

I've been enjoying your site, and am sure that it will be famous!

God Bless and Shalom, Kiffin


Could you by chance also be a Kiffin named after Kiffin Yates Rockwell? If your answer is yes, then I would be very pleased to get into contact with you, if you want. Even if officially you are not aware of the origins, I would like to hear from you. Of course, I would be more than happy to add you also to this ever-growing list of proud Kiffins. Contact me.

1 Comment

My cousin ins called Kiffin, it's an odd name and he used to be teased about it at school. If you google Kiffin they are one or two around actually.


This personal weblog was started way back on July 21, 2001 which means that it is 7-21-2001 old.

So far this blog contains no less than 2512 entries and as many as 1877 comments.

Recent Entries

  • Two thirds of a century
    Today is the day to celebrate. In other words, I am officially two-thirds of a century old. That means that as of today I ... >>
  • Mistborn Trilogy
    This amazing fantasy saga lasting some 2176 pages turned out to be a worthwhile read with some interesting twists and surprise endings. Good world ... >>
  • Upcoming champs
    Heren 1 - Hardelot Golf Pines.Ed, Jeroen, Kiffin (captain), Ragnar, Paul, Eirikur and Carel. ... >>
  • Three body problem
    In anticipation of the new Netflix series coming out soon, I decided to prepare myself better in advance by reading the now infamous trilogy ... >>
  • Two birdies in a row
    Today was my first round of golf of the year, at the Leeuwenburgh Golfclub. I hadn't really played for more than a month, just ... >>