I've always appreciated that "Draff'n" is a unique name. And wondered about it's origin - and of course, my connection to it.
Perhaps it is common knowledge, but, the "generic" information I have found relates the name and its variants (i.e. Draffen, Draffin, Draffan, etc.) to two likely origins.
The first is of Scottish origin and being topical "from the Lands of Draffan" which is located near Lesmahagow in Lankinshire.
The second is of Irish origin being O'Druifin or son of Druifin.Located largely around County Monoghan (sp?).
By happenstance I recently did a web search on "Draff" and learned that this is the name given to the spent barley grain after it is processed in the making of whiskey.It's often used as feed for livestock.
Of course, the meaning that comes with this can take a couple of paths."Draff" can be used to describe something worthless.The path I'd like to believe is that the first "Draff'ns" were farmers near the whiskey distilleries that fed their livestock.Or even remotely, the first "Draff'ns" worked in the distilleries.