The distinguished surname Coffman is a proud symbol of a Jewish culture, which is found in many places world-wide. In the Middle Ages, it became necessary to adopt surnames, since people were moving closer together, and it was becoming difficult to distinguish between people with the same names. The surname Coffman is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. This surname was given to a banker, pawnbroker, or usurer. It derives from the German word lehenen, which means to lend.
Mr. Marshall Herman Coffman, American Gunner's Mate Third Class from Indiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking 
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