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Cott Name Meaning

English: from the Old English personal name Cotta. Possibly an altered spelling of French Cotte, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of chain mail, from Old French cot(t)e ‘coat of mail’, ‘surcoat’. It may perhaps have been used as a nickname for a hard and unfeeling person, but is unlikely to have been a nickname for a wearer of a coat of mail, since only the richest classes, who already had distinguished family names of their own, could afford such protection. A later meaning of cotte is a long-sleeved garment, worn by both men and women. Alternatively, possibly an altered spelling of French Cot, from a reduced form of Jacot or Nicot, pet forms of Jacques and Nicolas (see Nicholas). Respelling of German Koth or the variant Kott.

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


Similar surnames: Cotta, Lott, Bott, Ott, Pott, Dott, Catt, Nott, Mott, Cote

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Where is the Cott family from?

You can see how Cott families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cott family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cott families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Cott families living in Massachusetts. This was about 32% of all the recorded Cott's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Cott families in 1840.
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What did your Cott ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cott. 15% of Cott men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Cott women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cott were Manager and Nurse.

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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
    15%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Manager
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Nurse
    9%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Cott. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Cott. For the veterans among your Cott ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cott lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Cott life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Cott in 1946 was 47, and 79 in 2004.

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