Coffin (surname)

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Arms of Coffin of Portledge, Alwington, Devon: Azure, three bezants between eight crosses crosslet or
Current regionSouth West England
New England
Eastern Canada
Earlier spellingsCoffyn
Place of originDevon, England
Pine-Coffin quartered arms

Coffin is an English surname.

The House of Coffin is an ancient English family which originated in Devonshire. The Coffins have held a number of manors, the most notable of which is Portledge in Devon, England, which they held for over nine centuries. The progenitor of the American Coffins was Tristram Coffin, a Royalist, who came to Massachusetts from Devonshire in 1642. He was the original proprietor of Nantucket. The American branch is one of the Boston Brahmin, a group of elite families based in and around Boston. Many American Coffins are or were Quakers.

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