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Coffin Name Meaning

English (southwestern England of Norman origin) and French: nickname from Middle English cofin coffin Old French cof(f)in (from Late Latin cophinus Greek kophinos) ‘container basket; coffer chest (for keeping treasures documents armour etc.)’. Early bearers of this as a hereditary surname were of knightly rank. Old French cofin was synonymous with coffer and it may be that Cofin was used to denote a keeper of the (royal) coffer attested in Anglo-Latin cofferarius. Compare Coffer . The modern English word coffin is a specialized development of this term not attested until the 16th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Goffin, Cousin, Coffer, Collin, Corbin, Chaffin, Coffing, Ruffin

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You can see how Coffin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Coffin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Coffin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 151 Coffin families living in Quebec. This was about 37% of all the recorded Coffin's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Coffin families in 1911.
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What did your Coffin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Coffin. 44% of Coffin men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Coffin women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coffin were Clerk and Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Farmers Son
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Servant
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Passenger Lists

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There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Coffin. For the veterans among your Coffin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Coffin lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Coffin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Coffin in 1944 was 45, and 80 in 2004.

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