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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cof"fin
  1. The case in which a dead human body is inclosed for burial."They embalmed him [Joseph], and he was put in a coffin." [Gen. 1. 26.]
  2. A basket.(Obs)
  3. A casing or crust, or a mold, of pastry, as for a pie."Of the paste a coffin I will rear." [Shak.]
  4. A conical paper bag, used by grocers.(Obs)
  5. [Far] The hollow crust or hoof of a horse's foot, below the coronet, in which is the coffin bone.

Etymology: OE., a basket, receptacle, OF. cofin, fr. L. cophinus. See Coffer (n.)

verb Cof"fin
To inclose in, or as in, a coffin.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Box in which a corpse is buried or cremated
  2. Place into a coffin ("her body was coffined")

From Middle English cofin, from Old Northern French cofin (“sarcophagus", earlier "basket, coffer”), from Latin cophinus (“basket”), a loanword from Ancient Greek κόφινος (kóphinos, “a basket”).

  1. An oblong closed box in which a dead person is buried.
  2. (obsolete) A basket.
  3. (archaic) A casing or crust, or a mold, of pastry, as for a pie.
  4. (obsolete) A conical paper bag, used by grocers.
  5. The hollow crust or hoof of a horse's foot, below the coronet, in which is the coffin bone.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Coffin

Lucretia Mott was an abolitionism in the united states, women's suffrage, abolitionist, and suffragist. Lucretia was given the name Lucretia Coffin on January 3rd, 1793 in Nantucket. She breathed her last breath on November 11th, 1880.


Pierre Coffin is an animator, film director, and voice actor. Pierre was given the name Pierre-Louis Padang Coffin on March 16th, 1967 in France. Pierre is also known as Pyer Coffin.


Levi Coffin was a farmer, pork packing, merchant, and banking. Levi was born on October 28th, 1798 in Guilford County, North Carolina. He passed away on September 16th, 1877.


William Sloane Coffin was a christian bishop. William was born on June 1st, 1924. He died on April 12th, 2006.


David Coffin is a musical artist.


Frederick Coffin was an actor. His career lasted from 1973 to 1973. Frederick was given the name Frederick D. Coffin on January 16th, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Frederick is also known as Holden McGuire. He left this life on July 31st, 2003.


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Popularity of Coffin as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Coffin U.S.
  White 91.34% 64.26%
  African American 2.73% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.18% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.25% 16.26%

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People with the last name Coffin are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Coffin

  • How Popular is the name Coffin? As a last name Coffin was the 4,274th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Coffin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Coffin is Wednesday, June 10th, 1891.
  • How unique is the name Coffin? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Coffin. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Coffin: Your name in reverse order is Niffoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ficnof. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Coffin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,312 people with the last name Coffin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Coffin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Coffin as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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