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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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Where is the Cogan family from?

You can see how Cogan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cogan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cogan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Cogan families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Cogan's in USA. New York had the highest population of Cogan families in 1840.
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What did your Cogan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cogan. 15% of Cogan men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Cogan women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cogan were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Secretary
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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