Cossey Family History

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Cossey Name Meaning

English: perhaps a habitational name (reduced form) from Costessey in Norfolk, named with an Old English or Old Norse personal name Cost + Old English eg ‘island’, ‘dry ground in a marsh’. Americanized spelling of French Cossé (see Cosse).

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

Similar surnames: Cosse, Fossey, Cosey, Fosse, Hussey, Gosney, Coley, Cosby, Massey

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Cossey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cossey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cossey. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Cossey Family Origin

Where is the Cossey family from?

Cossey Family Occupations

What did your Cossey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Cossey family was Boat Builder. The most common Cossey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Cossey's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cossey.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Boat Builder


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

Cossey Historical Records

What Cossey family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Cossey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cossey 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Cossey. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Cossey. For the veterans among your Cossey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cossey Life Expectancy

What is the average Cossey lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Cossey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Cossey in 1945 was 25, and 68 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cossey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cossey 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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