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 Family Origin

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Cousin Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Cousin. 36% of Cousin men worked as a General Labourer and 78% of Cousin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cousin were Coal Hewer Heavy and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Old Age Pensioner
  • Coal Hewer Heavy

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Housekeeper

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Cousin Historical Records

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Census Record

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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

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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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