Coffin Family History

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Coffin Name Meaning

English and French: metonymic occupational name for a basket maker, from Old French cof(f)in ‘basket’ (Late Latin cophinus, Greek kophinos). The modern English word coffin is a specialized development of this term, not attested until the 16th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Goffin, Cousin, Coffer, Collin, Corbin, Chaffin, Coffing, Ruffin

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Coffin Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Coffin name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Coffin. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Coffin Family Origin

Where is the Coffin family from?

Coffin Family Occupations

What did your Coffin ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Coffin family was Carpenter. The most common Coffin occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Coffin's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Coffin.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Coffin ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Coffin Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 96,000 census records available for the last name Coffin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Coffin census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Coffin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Coffin. For the veterans among your Coffin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Coffin Life Expectancy

What is the average Coffin lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Coffin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Coffin in 1944 was 45, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Coffin

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Coffin ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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