Coward Family History

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Coward Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a keeper of cattle, Middle English cowherde, Old English cuhyrde, from cu ‘cow’ + hierde ‘herdsman’. (The surname has nothing to do with the modern English word coward, which is from Old French cuard, a pejorative term from coue ‘tail’ (Latin cauda) with reference to an animal with its tail between its legs.)

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

Similar surnames: Coard, Howard, Seward, Edward, Ward, Card, Cowart, Chard, Cord

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Coward Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Coward name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Coward. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Coward Family Origin

Where is the Coward family from?

Coward Family Occupations

What did your Coward ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Coward. A less common occupation for the Coward family was Farm Laborer. The most common Coward occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Coward's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Coward ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Coward Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 98,000 census records available for the last name Coward. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Coward census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Coward. 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 Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Coward. For the veterans among your Coward ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Coward Life Expectancy

What is the average Coward lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Coward life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Coward in 1942 was 24, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Coward

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Coward ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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