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Coursen Name Meaning

Possibly an altered spelling of Dutch Corsen, attested in records of New Netherland, or perhaps an altered spelling of the French habitational names Courson or Coursan, from either of two places so called, in Aude and Aube, both named for a Romano-Gallic landlord Curtenus (a derivative of Latin curtus ‘short’) + the locative suffix -anum.

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


Similar surnames: Courson, Coursey, Courser, Corse, Courey, Corsey, Cousin, Courter

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Where is the Coursen family from?

You can see how Coursen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Coursen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Coursen families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Coursen families living in New Jersey. This was about 83% of all the recorded Coursen's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Coursen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Coursen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Coursen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Coursen. 16% of Coursen men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Coursen women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coursen were Clerk and Housewife. .

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Clerk
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    22%
  • Housekeeper
    22%
  • Clerk
    15%
  • Housewife
    15%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Coursen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Coursen 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 480 immigration records available for the last name Coursen. 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 801 military records available for the last name Coursen. For the veterans among your Coursen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Coursen lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Coursen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Coursen in 1955 was 36, and 84 in 2004.

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