Coffee as a last name

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Dec 4 14:45:24 UTC 2007

At 12/4/2007 12:39 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>I've also known black people
>surnamed "Coffee," which may be derived from "Cuffee," but that's only
>a WAG.

I suspect there is evidence for this in the literature on slavery in
colonial times, perhaps particularly in the immediate Revolutionary
period, when blacks (at least in the North) thought "freedom for all"
included them, and adopted the white custom of using two names.


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