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Cowdrey Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Coudrai in Seine-Maritime France or Coudray in Eure France or from Cowdray or Cowdry in Sussex England. The latter was probably named after one of the places in France. All are named with Old French coudraie ‘hazel copse’ (a collective noun from coudre ‘hazelnut tree’ Late Latin colurus a metathesized form of classical Latin corylus from Greek korylos). Alternatively but less likely a topographic name from Old French coudraie ‘hazel copse’ adopted into English denoting someone who lived near a hazel copse.

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

Similar surnames: Cowley, Cowden, Bowden, Corney, Courey, Bodley, Childrey, Woodley

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Where is the Cowdrey family from?

You can see how Cowdrey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cowdrey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cowdrey families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Cowdrey families living in Connecticut. This was about 44% of all the recorded Cowdrey's in USA. Connecticut had the highest population of Cowdrey families in 1840.
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What did your Cowdrey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cowdrey. 17% of Cowdrey men worked as a Farmer and 23% of Cowdrey women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cowdrey were Clerk and Bookkeeper. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Secretary
  • Bookkeeper
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Passenger Lists

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Cowdrey. For the veterans among your Cowdrey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cowdrey lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Cowdrey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Cowdrey in 1957 was 52, and 65 in 2004.

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