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Cord Name Meaning

Northern Irish: reduced form of McCord. Possibly an Americanized spelling of French Corde, from Old French corde ‘string’, ‘rope’ (Latin c(h)orda, from Greek khorde), a metonymic occupational name for a maker of cord or string, or a nickname for a habitual wearer of decorative ties and ribbons. Dutch: variant of Kort ‘short’.

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


Similar surnames: Corda, Coard, Corn, Lord, Card, Codd, Cords, Acord, Nord, Cort

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Where is the Cord family from?

You can see how Cord families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cord family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cord families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Cord families living in Indiana. This was about 21% of all the recorded Cord's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Cord families in 1840.
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What did your Cord ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cord. 22% of Cord men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Cord women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cord were Mechanic and Housework.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Mechanic
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    13%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Waitress
    9%
  • Housework
    8%
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Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Cord. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cord 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Cord. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Cord. For the veterans among your Cord ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cord lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Cord life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Cord in 1958 was 66, and 82 in 2004.

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