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Newfoundland's South Coast - COFFIN



This page is for listings of the surname COFFIN, and people with research interest.

Bill Crant

Excerpt from Dr. Seary's, Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, MUN 1977.

COFFEN, COFFIN, surnames of England - maker of baskets or coffers; or a variant of Caffin, Caffyn, from Old French c(h)auf - bald; or ? from Welsh goch - red, as in GOUGH; or an Old Cornish personal name, Cophin, Coffin or Coffeyn. (Cottle, Spiegelhalter, Weekley Surnames).

Traced by Guppy in Devon.

In Newfoundland:

Family traditions: John Coffin from Southampton, came to White Bay in 1810 and later settled at Joe Batts Arm (MUN Hist.). Elias (1813-83), settled at Channel about 1830 (MUN Geog.).

Early instances: Ann Coffin, of St. John's, ? 1752 (CO 194.13); John, of Bonavista, 1822, of Keels, 1831, of King's Cove, 1834 (DPHW 70, 73A); Robert, of Pinchgut, 1836 (DPHW 30); John, of Joe Batt's Arm, 1842 (DPHW 83); William, of Rencontre East, 1851 (DPHW 104); Ambrose, of Barr'd Islands, 1871 (Lovell); Elias, of Channel, 1871 (Lovell); Robert, planter of Haystack, 1871 (Lovell); Samuel, merchant of Spencers Cove, 1871 (Lovell).

Modern status: Coffen, at St. John's; Coffin, scattered, especially at Joe Batt's Arm.

Place names (not necessarily from the surname): Coffin Cove 47-31 54-05; ----- Island 49-28 54-48, (Labrador) 57-34 61-42; ----- Point 47-37 58-35; Coffins Cove 47-30 54-28, 47-34 54-23.

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