Cotten Family History

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Cotten Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Cotton. Possibly an altered spelling of German Kotten, a habitational name from any of several places so named in Rhineland, Westphalia, Silesia, etc., or an Americanized shortened form of composite German surnames such as Kottenhagen, Kottenhoff, Kottenkamp (see Koth).

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

Similar surnames: Holten, Cotter, Cotton, Botten, Coates, Cott, Osten, Kitten, Colten

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Cotten Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cotten name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cotten. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Cotten Family Origin

Where is the Cotten family from?

Cotten Family Occupations

What did your Cotten ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cotten family was Baker. Agricultural Labourer, Ag Labourer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cotten. The most common Cotten occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Cotten's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Ag Labourer

  • Annuitant

  • Baker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cotten ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cotten Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Cotten. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cotten 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Cotten. 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 Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Cotten. For the veterans among your Cotten ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cotten Life Expectancy

What is the average Cotten lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Cotten life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Cotten in 1943 was 21, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cotten ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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