Kos Name Meaning

Slovenian, Croatian, Czech, and Polish: nickname from kos ‘blackbird’, denoting someone thought to resemble the bird in some way, for example someone with a good singing voice. This is a very common surname in Slovenia and Croatia. Czech and Sorbian (Koš): metonymic occupational name for a basketmaker, from koš ‘basket’. German (Kös): possibly a nickname for a gossip or a smooth-talker, from Middle High German kose, koese ‘talk’, ‘chat’. Compare Koser. Jewish (Ashkenazic): of uncertain origin. It may be an ornamental name from Slavic kos ‘blackbird’, as in 1, or alternatively it may be from Hebrew kos ‘drinking glass’ or Yiddish kos ‘goblet’, ‘cup’, probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who made glasses or cups. Dutch: from a Zeeland personal name derived from Constantius (see Constant). Hungarian (Kós): from a Turkish loanword kos ‘ram’ (from Old Turkish qoc, Ottoman Turkish qoç); perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a shepherd but more probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal.

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

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Kos Family Origin

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Kos Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    42%
  • Tailor

    25%
  • Brewer

    8%
  • Farm Laborer

    8%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Kos family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Tailor and Brewer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kos. The most common Kos occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Kos's were Farmers.

Source: Census data for Kos | Data not to scale

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Between 1949 and 2004, Kos life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Kos in 1949 was 53, and 78 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kos

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