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 open forum for all the other Kiffins in the world, God bless you. Please click here.
Believe it or not there are other persons out there with the first name of Kiffin who are also named after Kiffin Yates Rockwell. We all share this honor 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:
from Claude Louvigné, January 30, 2003
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.
Vice-President of the Association de l'Escadrille La Fayette
Souvenir Thenault - Rockwell
from Kiffin Hope, November 8, 2001
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 struct 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.
from Kiffin Hope, November 17, 2001
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: http://dogbert.abebooks.com/abe/BookDetails?bi=99994124. 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.
from Kiffin Gilbert, January 30, 2003
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.
Yor 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.
from Kiffin Gilbert, October 26, 2001
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.
from Kiffin Ayers, January 5, 2001
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.