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Cotner Family History

Cotner Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized spelling of German Kötner or Köthner, status names for a cotter, derived from Middle High German, Middle Low German kote ‘shelter’, ‘cottage’, specifically of a kind that was rented on a daily basis and had little or no land with it. See Koth 1.

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


Similar surnames: Cotter, Corner, Cooner, Cortner, Cotler, Cater, Notter, Comer

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Where is the Cotner family from?

You can see how Cotner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cotner family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Cotner families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Cotner families living in Indiana. This was about 28% of all the recorded Cotner's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Cotner families in 1840.
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What did your Cotner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cotner. 29% of Cotner men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Cotner women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cotner were Labor 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

  • Farmer
    29%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Labor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Waitress
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 227 immigration records available for the last name Cotner. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Cotner. For the veterans among your Cotner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cotner lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Cotner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Cotner in 1957 was 47, and 72 in 2004.

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