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Kocher Name Meaning

German (Köcher): from Middle High German kochaere ‘vessel’, ‘container (for transporting fish)’, ‘quiver’, hence a metonymic occupational name maker of these. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a cook, from an agent derivative of German kochen ‘to cook’. Compare Koch. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from Yiddish kacher ‘drake’. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Yiddish kochere ‘poker’, ‘fork’.

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

Similar surnames: Kucher, Kacher, Koecher, Kober, Koller, Kolter, Ascher, Rocker

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Where is the Kocher family from?

You can see how Kocher families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kocher family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kocher families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 39 Kocher families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 87% of all the recorded Kocher's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kocher families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kocher surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kocher ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kocher. 19% of Kocher men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Kocher women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kocher were Farming and Stenographer.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Kocher. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kocher 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Kocher. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Kocher. For the veterans among your Kocher ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kocher lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Kocher life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kocher in 1952 was 42, and 78 in 2004.

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