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Cousin Family History

Cousin Name Meaning

French: nickname from Old French cusin cosin ‘first cousin’ from Latin consobrinus used (also) in the sense ‘friend crony’. Compare with English: nickname from Middle English cusin cosin ‘kinsman or cousin’ a borrowing from Old French (see 1 above). The surname would thus have denoted a person related in some way to a prominent figure in the neighborhood. In some cases it may also have been a nickname for someone who used the term cousin frequently as a familiar term of address.

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


Similar surnames: Voisin, Corbin, Coppin, Collin, Cousins, Cossin, Boutin, Moulin

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Where is the Cousin family from?

You can see how Cousin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cousin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cousin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Cousin families living in Louisiana. This was about 41% of all the recorded Cousin's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Cousin families in 1840.
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What did your Cousin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cousin. 36% of Cousin men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Cousin women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cousin were Farming 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

  • Laborer
    36%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    15%
  • Cook
    12%
  • Laundress
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
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Census Records

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Cousin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cousin 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Cousin. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Cousin. For the veterans among your Cousin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cousin lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Cousin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Cousin in 1950 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

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