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 Family Origin

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Coward Family Occupations

What did your Coward ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Coward. 23% of Coward men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Coward women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coward were Farming and Maid

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Laborer
  • Teacher
  • Maid

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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.

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