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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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Where is the Cossey family from?

You can see how Cossey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cossey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cossey families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Cossey families living in Tennessee. This was about 29% of all the recorded Cossey's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Cossey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cossey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cossey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cossey. 30% of Cossey men worked as a Laborer and 35% of Cossey women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cossey were Helper and Waitress.

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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
    30%
  • Farmer
    29%
  • Farming
    5%
  • Helper
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    35%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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