Cogan Family History

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Cogan Name Meaning

Americanized form of Jewish (from Ukraine) Kogan, from the Russian pronunciation of Cohen. Irish (of Welsh origin): habitational name from an area near Cardiff, which may have been named with a Welsh word meaning ‘bowl’, ‘depression’. There is evidence of a family named de Cogan in the 12th century, and by the 13th century the name was also associated with Somerset, Devon, County Limerick, and County Cork. Irish (Leitrim): variant of Coogan.

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

Similar surnames: Wogan, Coggan, Logan, Kogan, Cohan, Coan, Coran, Colgan, Gogan

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Cogan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cogan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cogan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Cogan Family Origin

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Cogan Family Occupations

What did your Cogan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Cogan occupation in the USA was Laborer. 18% of Cogan's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Cogan family was Farm Laborer. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cogan.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Cogan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Cogan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cogan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Cogan. 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 Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Cogan. For the veterans among your Cogan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cogan Life Expectancy

What is the average Cogan lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Cogan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Cogan in 1943 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cogan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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