Cohen Family History

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Cohen Name Meaning

Jewish: from Hebrew kohen ‘priest’. Priests are traditionally regarded as members of a hereditary caste descended from Aaron, brother of Moses. See also Kaplan.

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

Similar surnames: Coen, Kohen, Coren, Cohan, Cohn, Rozen, Kogen, Bogen, Coan, Koen

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Cohen Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cohen name?

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

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Italy


  • Germanic Europe


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Cohen Family Origin

Where is the Cohen family from?

Cohen Family Occupations

What did your Cohen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Tailor, Farmer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cohen. A less common occupation for the Cohen family was Keeping House. The most common Cohen occupation in the USA was Tailor. 11% of Cohen's were Tailors.

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  • Tailor

  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cohen ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cohen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 739,000 census records available for the last name Cohen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cohen 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 182,000 immigration records available for the last name Cohen. 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 86,000 military records available for the last name Cohen. For the veterans among your Cohen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cohen Life Expectancy

What is the average Cohen lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Cohen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cohen in 1940 was 40, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cohen 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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