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Cotton Family History

Cotton Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of numerous places named from Old English cotum (dative plural of cot) ‘at the cottages or huts’ (or sometimes possibly from a Middle English plural, coten). Examples include Coton (Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire), Cottam (East Yorkshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire), and Cotham (Nottinghamshire).French: from a diminutive of Old French cot(t)e ‘coat (of mail)’ (see Cott).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

1,896,518 Historical Documents with Cotton on Ancestry.com
372,011 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
39,880 Military Records
18,883 Immigration Records
235,925 Census and Voter Lists
1,229,819 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Cotton Families

  • Number of Cotton families
     143 - 283
     48 - 142
     1 - 47
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Cotton families
     445 - 887
     149 - 444
     1 - 148
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Cotton families
     13 - 23
     5 - 12
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Cotton Family Origin

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Cotton Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Cotton

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Cotton Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Cotton census records

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Cotton Civil War Service Records

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