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Colson Name Meaning

Northern English and Scottish: patronymic from Cole 1 or 2.

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

Similar surnames: Polson, Corson, Colton, Coulson, Coalson, Coleson, Dolson, Tolson

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Where is the Colson family from?

You can see how Colson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Colson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Colson families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 43 Colson families living in Maine. This was about 34% of all the recorded Colson's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Colson families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Colson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Colson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Colson. 20% of Colson men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Colson women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Colson were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Colson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Colson. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Colson. For the veterans among your Colson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Colson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Colson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Colson in 1940 was 61, and 73 in 2004.

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