The name Coffynd comes from one of the family having worked as a person who made baskets. The surname Coffynd 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 Coffynd may also be a nickname
derived from the Latin word calvus,
which means bald.
Early Origins of the Coffynd family
The surname Coffynd 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 Coffynd family
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Coffynd Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Coffynd have been found, including: Coffin, Coffyn, Colvin, Caffin, Caffyn, Chafen, Chaffine and many more.
Early Notables of the Coffynd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coffynd family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Coffynd, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Francis Coffin who settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Coffynd 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.