The family name Coffyn is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon
names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a person who made baskets. The surname Coffyn is derived from the Old French words cofin
which in turn come from the Late Latin word cophinus,
which means basket. Occupational
names such as this one frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
The English word coffin
is a specialized development of this word which did not exist before the 16th century. The surname Coffyn may also be a nickname
derived from the Latin word calvus,
which means bald.
Early Origins of the Coffyn family
The surname Coffyn was first found in Devon
at Alwington, a parish, in the union of Bideford, hundred
of Shebbear, Great Torrington. "In the church [of Alwington], over the door of the chancel, is a curious ancient monument to a member of the Coffin family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Coffyn family
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Coffyn Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Coffyn include Coffin, Coffyn, Colvin, Caffin, Caffyn, Chafen, Chaffine and many more.
Early Notables of the Coffyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coffyn family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Coffyn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Tristam Coffyn, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1642, and was the scion of one of the distinguished families of America
Coffyn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Stephen Coffyn, who arrived in California in 1878 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Coffyn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Coffyn held Magdalen island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and was later granted lands in Upper Canada
The Coffyn Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Extant recte factis praemia
Motto Translation: Rewards await right actions.