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Cotta Name Meaning

Portuguese and Spanish: possibly a nickname from cota ‘breast armor’. Italian: from a short form of a personal name formed with the suffix -cotta, as for example Ciccotta, or a nickname from cotta ‘(ecclesiastical) habit’. French and: from medieval Latin cotta, Old French cotte, denoting a kind of long-sleeved tunic worn both by men and women, hence possibly an occupational name for someone who made such garments or a nickname for someone who habitually wore one. German: habitational name from either of two places named Cotta, near Pirna and near Dresden in Saxony.

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


Similar surnames: Cott, Cota, Cetta, Motta, Notte, Costa, Rotta, Motte, Corda, Corte

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Where is the Cotta family from?

You can see how Cotta families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cotta family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cotta families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Cotta family living in Florida Territory. This was 100% of all the recorded Cotta's in the USA. Florida Territory had the highest population of Cotta families in 1840.
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What did your Cotta ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cotta. 27% of Cotta men worked as a Laborer and 29% of Cotta women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cotta were Truck Driver and Seamstress.

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    24%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    29%
  • Teacher
    29%
  • Chamber Maid
    15%
  • Seamstress
    15%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Cotta. 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 Cotta. For the veterans among your Cotta ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cotta lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Cotta life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Cotta in 1952 was 47, and 68 in 2004.

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