Koch Family History

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Koch Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Middle High German koch, German Koch ‘cook’ (cognate with Latin coquus). The name in this sense is widespread throughout eastern and central Europe, and is also well established in Denmark. Czech and Slovak: from a pet form of any of several medieval personal names beginning with Ko-, for example Kochan, Kocián, Kojata, and Kosmas. Polish: nickname from kochac ‘to love’ (see Kochan).

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

Similar surnames: Hoch, Koth, Roch, Zoch, Kock, Goch, Boch, Kocher, Pach, Moch

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Koch Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Koch name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Koch Family Origin

Where is the Koch family from?

Koch Family Occupations

What did your Koch ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Koch occupation in the UK was Tailor. 9% of Koch's were Tailors. A less common occupation for the Koch family was Bonnet Shape Maker. Tailor, Baker (Employ 2 Men) and Baker (Master) were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Koch.

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  • Tailor

  • Baker (Employ 2 Men)

  • Baker (Master)

  • Bonnet Shape Maker


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

Koch Historical Records

What Koch family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 228,000 census records available for the last name Koch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Koch 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 86,000 immigration records available for the last name Koch. 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 97,000 military records available for the last name Koch. For the veterans among your Koch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Koch Life Expectancy

What is the average Koch lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Koch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Koch in 1943 was 59, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Koch 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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