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Cort Family History

Cort Name Meaning

Catalan: from cort ‘court’ (Latin cohors, genitive cohortis, ‘yard’, ‘enclosure’), an occupational name for someone who worked in a manorial court or a topographic name for someone who lived in or by one. Variant spelling of German and Jewish Kort.

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


Similar surnames: Corte, Court, Fort, Port, Ort, Cott, Curt, Kort, Cord, Corn

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Where is the Cort family from?

You can see how Cort families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cort family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cort families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Cort families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 25% of all the recorded Cort's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Cort families in 1840.
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What did your Cort ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cort. 15% of Cort men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Cort women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cort were Clerk 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

  • Salesman
    15%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    12%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Cort. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cort 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Cort. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Cort. For the veterans among your Cort ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cort lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Cort life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Cort in 1955 was 43, and 66 in 2004.

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