Any Chaikins out there?
1) I believe the name Chaikin derives from Chaika (pronounced approximately Haika, as in Chaim), a woman's name
meaning a lively, vivacious woman.Giving a son the name of his mother helped Jews avoid the draft in Czarist
Russia (which also included Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland) I am told.
2) I have been in email contact with a man in Isreal, Udi Cain, who has done substantial research on Chaikins
3) The name has many variants in English, including Chaykin, Chaiken, and Hiken.Since it is derived from Yiddish, any spelling is correct.I once met a man named Blank, who told me his grandfather's name was Chaikin, but when asked by Canadian immigration authorities, his grandfather (who spoke no English) replied with a blank stare, and was recorded as "Blank."