Cope Family History

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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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Cope Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cope name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Cope Family Origin

Where is the Cope family from?

Cope Family Occupations

What did your Cope ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cope. A less common occupation for the Cope family was Farming. The most common Cope occupation in the USA was Farmer. 48% of Cope's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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

Cope Historical Records

What Cope family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Cope Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cope

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cope 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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