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The name Goffin is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who made baskets. The surname Goffin is derived from the Old French words cofin and coffin, 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 Goffin may also be a nickname derived from the Latin word calvus, which means bald.

Goffin Early Origins



The surname Goffin 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Goffin Spelling Variations


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Goffin Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Goffin are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Goffin include Coffin, Coffyn, Colvin, Caffin, Caffyn, Chafen, Chaffine and many more.

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Goffin Early History


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Goffin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goffin research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goffin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goffin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goffin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Goffin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Goffin or a variant listed above:

Goffin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Goffin, who landed in New York, NY in 1812

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goffin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Goffin (post 1700)



  • Miriam S. Goffin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972
  • Joel Christian Goffin (b. 1981), American film composer and music producer
  • Louise Lynn Goffin (b. 1960), American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
  • Gerald "Gerry" Goffin (1939-2014), American lyricist, ex-husband of Carole King, known for his songs "The Loco-Motion," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Up on the Roof," inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990
  • Magdalen Goffin FRSL (b. 1925), English writer
  • Peter Goffin F.R.S.A. (1906-1974), English set and costume designer and stage manager
  • David Goffin (b. 1990), Belgian tennis player
  • Sir. Dean Goffin (1916-1984), one of New Zealand's first prolific Salvation Army composers

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Goffin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goffin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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