Coffin Surname Meaning & Statistics

32,105th most common

surname in the world


Approximately 15,597

people bear this surname


Most prevelant in:

United States

Highest density in:

American Samoa

Definition:

This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the bald.' A mere variation of Caffin, the earliest form being Chaufin, which would readily become Coffin and Caffin. This form seems to have taken root in the south-western counties of England. Edward Coffin, the Jesuit, was born at Exeter, 1571 (Dictionary of National Biography xi.

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Coffin Surname Distribution

CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
United States10,2571: 31,2253,909
Canada1,8141: 19,5302,697
France1,7141: 38,4824,818
England8011: 67,4168,318
Mexico3141: 381,25213,215
Australia2081: 113,29913,159
New Zealand1701: 26,7464,479
Nicaragua981: 61,9491,560
Wales681: 45,5885,257
Scotland461: 115,2179,780
American Samoa301: 1,851228
Switzerland271: 302,25636,547
Spain111: 4,227,98294,038
China41: 341,547,50010,542
South Africa31: 18,000,66767,494
Fiji21: 429,0192,151
Brazil21: 101,503,000139,444
Austria21: 4,263,61523,344
India21: 624,010,0001,500,361
Belgium21: 5,601,03365,594
Chile21: 8,886,50026,532
Indonesia11: 252,164,800810,193
Serbia11: 7,146,75937,779
Afghanistan11: 26,023,1007,191
Thailand11: 64,456,70030,360
Vietnam11: 89,708,9007,292
United Arab Emirates11: 9,446,00083,428
Tunisia11: 10,886,50014,644
Dominica11: 71,293746
Bermuda11: 64,2372,374
Ireland11: 4,593,10031,207
Italy11: 60,762,320153,416
Jersey11: 99,0003,071
Liechtenstein11: 37,132537
Bahrain11: 1,234,57110,190
Netherlands11: 16,863,800118,015
Northern Ireland11: 1,800,0008,430
Saudi Arabia11: 29,994,27250,307
Mauritius11: 1,259,8388,268
Sweden11: 9,694,19477,122
Cambodia11: 15,184,1164,249
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
Ireland51: 885,97323,404
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
England7081: 34,4284,506
Wales111: 142,5835,610
Jersey51: 10,3761,795
Scotland41: 935,80421,348
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
United States4,9331: 10,1801,324
PlaceIncidenceFrequencyRank in Area
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Coffin Surname Meaning

Descriptive Writing for introductory reference

This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the bald.' A mere variation of Caffin, the earliest form being Chaufin, which would readily become Coffin and Caffin. This form seems to have taken root in the south-western counties of England. Edward Coffin, the Jesuit, was born at Exeter, 1571 (Dictionary of National Biography xi. 315). Several Devonshire families bear the name; compare the Franchchauve, bald (v. Chaffe), and Calvin, from Latin calvus. Probably Chaufin was a diminutive 'Calvus protests for foes he doth not care:

For why? They cannot take from him one hair.': Satyrical Epigrams, 1610.

Henry Coffyn, Somerset, 1 Edward III: Kirby's Quest.

Richard Chaufin, Nottinghamshire, 1273. Hundred Rolls.

Robert Coffyn, Lincolnshire, ibid.

William Coffyn, Devon, ibid.

Thomas Chafyn, 1505: Keg. Univ. Oxf.

1788. Married — Robert Gilbert and Mary Coflen: St. George, Hanover Square.

— — Thomas Coffin and Agatha Waterman: ibid.

1794. — John Chaffin and Isabella Blandell: ibid.

In France the enthusiastic devotion of Nicholas Chauvin to the emperor Napoleon I gave rise to the term Chauvinism. Chaufin was the Hundred Roll form; v. supra.

A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, written: 1872-1896 by Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley

Local. Cyffin, in Welsh, signifies a boundary, a limit, a hill; cefyn, the ridge of a hill. This name has its origin from Co, high, exalted, and fin, a head, extremity, boundary. This family settled early in this country, on the sland of Nantucket, near Cape Cod, where the name is very common. The following humorous lines, descriptive of the characteristics of the different families residing on that island, were written by one Daniel Allen, a native of the island, more than a hundred years ago:

"The hasty Coffin, fractious, loud,

The silent Gardiner, plotting,

The Mitchells good, the Barkers proud,

The Macys eat the pudding;

The Bays and Russels coopers are,

The knowing Folger lazy,

A learned Coleman very rare,

And scarce an honest Hussey."

An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names (1857) by William Arthur

The name of one or more medical men. Ferguson thinks this name may be corrupted from Kolfinn, from Old Norse kollr, helmeted, and the proper name Finn; or that it was originally Coffing, a patronymic, formed from cóf, strenuous. Lower considers it the same as Colvin or Colvinus, who held lands in chief under the Confessor. It may also be the same with Caffin, from French chauve, L. calvus, bald; whence Chauvin or Calvin. Coffin and Coffinhal, and Coffinieres or Couffin are found as French surnames, and there is a place called Couvin in Belgium, and Coffinswell is the name of a parish co. Devon.

Ludus Patronymicus (1868) by Richard Stephen Charnock

Amongst the old and distinguished knightly families now scantily represented in the county is that of Coffin. The principal stock, of which there were many branches, owned the manor of Alvington from the 12th to the 17th century (Pr.).

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890) by Henry Brougham Guppy

This family possessed Alwington manor, co. Devon, temp. William Conq. and they still reside at Portledge in that manor. B.L.G. Colvin or Colvinus held lands in chief (probably the same) under Edward the Confessor.

Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower

Coffin Surname Variants & Similar Names

Coffin Variants

SurnameSimilarityIncidencePrevalency
Caffyn67490/
Chafen5066/

Similiar Surnames

SurnameSimilarityIncidencePrevalency
Coffine922/
Couffin92699/
Coeffin92110/
Coffino92110/
Coffion9249/
Coffina9217/
Coffini9215/
Coffiin922/
Cooffin921/
Coffein92--
Coffien92--
Coffiny92--
Coffinw92--
Coffian92--
Cofin9116/
Coffn912/
Coueffin86105/
Coffieny861/
Coffinia86--
Goffin837152/
Caffin831200/
Cuffin83129/
Coffen83528/
Coffyn83172/
Cofini83511/
Cofian8336/
Cofine8334/
Coffan8323/
Koffin8315/
Coefin832/
Coffna831/
Coffon831/
Coofin831/
Coffun83--
Coffny83--
Cofein83--
Coffineau80222/
Goffini77--
Coffani77818/
Coffeen77692/
Coffone77392/
Cuffini77280/
Caffini77227/
Coffano77200/
Couffon77197/
Coffoni7779/
Coffyne7721/
Caffine7711/
Coffney775/
Caffino775/
Koffina774/
Coffenn774/
Coufino774/
Caffein771/
Caffion771/
Cofieni771/
Goiffin771/
Caffiny77--
Gouffin77--
Coffena77--
Coffoen77--
Cauffin77--
Coffaan77--
Coffean77--
Gooffin77--
Goffien77--
Covin731672/
Gofin7360/
Cofan73285/
Cafin7396/
Kofin7365/
Cofen731/
Cofhn731/
Cofne731/
Cofon731/
Gouffini71--
Cuffiani7179/
Goffiney7125/
Coffaney715/
Coffenne712/
Cofienni712/
Coufinau711/
Coffeane71--
Goeffian71--

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Footnotes

    • Description: Descriptions are largely reproduced from 3rd party sources; diligence is advised on accepting their validity
    • Incidence: The approximate number of people in a given area who bear the surname
    • Frequency: The percentage of people in a given area that bear the surname
    • Rank: Surnames are ranked by incidence using the dense ranking method; the surname that occurs the most is assigned a rank of 1; surnames that occur less frequently receive an incremented rank; if two or more surnames occur the same number of times they are assigned the same rank and preceding rank is incremented by 1
    • Variants: Surnames listed in the 'Coffin Variants' section are variant forms of the same root surname according to either sources listed on the page or Forebears
    • Similar: Surnames listed in the 'Similar Surnames' section are phonetically similar and may not have any relation to Coffin