Sir William Coffin

about 1225–
Alwington, Devon, England

The Life of William

When Sir William Coffin was born about 1225, in Alwington, Devon, England, his father, Richard Coffin, was 25 and his mother, Mrs. Unknown Coffin, was 20. He had at least 1 son with Mrs. Margaret Dymoke. He died in his hometown.

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Sir William Coffin
Mrs. Margaret Dymoke
Richard Coffin

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World Events (5)

1259 · 100 Years of Conflict Between England and France Ends

Age 34

Treaty of Paris was signed on December 4, 1259, which ended 100 years of conflict between England and France.
1290 · Jews Expelled From England

Age 65

After years of anti-Semitic behavior, King Edward I expelled Jews from England in 1290.
1315 · Famine Strikes Europe

Age 90

A famine caused by cold winters and wet summers across Europe caused millions to die due to starvation. Desperation from hunger caused high levels of crime, stampedes in bread lines in London, infanticide, and even cannibalism throughout Europe.

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Legacy NFS Source: William Coffin - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: William Coffin

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