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Cope Name Meaning

English (common in the Midlands): from Middle English cope ‘cloak’, ‘cape’ (from Old English cap reinforced by the Old Norse cognate kápa), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who made cloaks or capes, or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive one. Compare Cape.

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


Similar surnames: Cape, Cole, Copp, Hope, Pope, Coe, Cote, Corn, Comer, Howe

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Where is the Cope family from?

You can see how Cope families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cope family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cope families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 112 Cope families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 43% of all the recorded Cope's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Cope families in 1840.
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What did your Cope ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cope. 19% of Cope men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Cope women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cope were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 195,000 census records available for the last name Cope. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cope 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Cope. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Cope. For the veterans among your Cope ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cope lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Cope life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cope in 1942 was 54, and 73 in 2004.

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