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Cohen Family History

Cohen Surname Meaning

Jewish: from Hebrew kohen ‘priest’. Priests are traditionally regarded as members of a hereditary caste descended from Aaron brother of Moses. See also Kaplan . Irish (Galway and Sligo): variant of Coyne .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Coen, Kohen, Coren, Cohan, Cohn, Rozen, Kogen, Bogen, Coan, Koen

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Where is the Cohen family from?

You can see how Cohen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cohen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cohen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 4,109 Cohen families living in London. This was about 60% of all the recorded Cohen's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Cohen families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cohen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cohen ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Tailor and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Cohen. 8% of Cohen men worked as a Tailor and 60% of Cohen women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cohen were Master Tailor and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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 1939

  • Tailor
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Ladies Tailor
  • Master Tailor

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Tailoress
  • Unpaid Domestic
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Census Records

There are 739,000 census records available for the last name Cohen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cohen 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 182,000 immigration records available for the last name Cohen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 86,000 military records available for the last name Cohen. For the veterans among your Cohen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cohen lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Cohen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cohen in 1940 was 40, and 80 in 2004.

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