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Couch Name Meaning

English (Cornwall and Devon): nickname from Middle English couch(e) ‘hump hunch’ used for a hunchback. In Cornwall and Devon it is usually pronounced as Cooch. English (Cornwall and Devon): variant of Gooch . English (Cornwall and Devon): from Middle English coche couche ‘bed couch tablecloth’ (Old French couche culche). It could have been a metonymic occupational name for someone who made such items or a nickname for a lazy individual. Alternatively it could have been applied to someone who produced couchwork a luxurious embroidery in which gold or silver thread and jewels were sewn into satin or silk robes. Welsh: nickname for a red-haired man from cough coch ‘red(-haired)’. Coch may have been taken by Welsh migrants to Devon and Cornwall and confused with the English surname (see above).

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


Similar surnames: Crouch, Pouch, Coach, Clough, Roch, Rauch, Such, Hosch, Horch, Losch

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Where is the Couch family from?

You can see how Couch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Couch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Couch families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 43 Couch families living in New York. This was about 13% of all the recorded Couch's in USA. New York had the highest population of Couch families in 1840.
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What did your Couch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Couch. 19% of Couch men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Couch women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Couch were Truck Driver and Waitress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Couch. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Couch. For the veterans among your Couch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Couch lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Couch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Couch in 1940 was 49, and 74 in 2004.

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