Cousin Family History

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Cousin Name Meaning

English and French: nickname from Middle English, Old French co(u)sin, cusin (Latin consobrinus), which in the Middle Ages, as in Shakespearean English, had the general meaning ‘relative’, ‘kinsman’. The surname would thus have denoted a person related in some way to a prominent figure in the neighborhood. In some cases it may also have been a nickname for someone who used the term ‘cousin’ frequently as a familiar term of address. The old slang word cozen ‘cheat’, perhaps derives from the medieval confidence trickster’s use of the word cousin as a term of address to invoke a spurious familiarity. The patronymics constitute the most frequent forms of this name.

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

Similar surnames: Voisin, Corbin, Coppin, Collin, Cousins, Cossin, Boutin, Moulin

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Cousin Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cousin name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • France


  • Germanic Europe


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Cousin Family Origin

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Cousin Family Occupations

What did your Cousin ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cousin family was Annuitant. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cousin. The most common Cousin occupation in the UK was Farmer. 8% of Cousin's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant


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

Cousin Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Cousin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cousin 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Cousin. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Cousin. For the veterans among your Cousin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cousin Life Expectancy

What is the average Cousin lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Cousin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Cousin in 1950 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cousin 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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