Kos Name Meaning

Slovenian, Croatian, Czech, and Polish: nickname from kos ‘blackbird’, denoting someone thought to resemble the bird in some way, for example someone with a good singing voice. This is a very common surname in Slovenia and Croatia. Czech and Sorbian (Koš): metonymic occupational name for a basketmaker, from koš ‘basket’. German (Kös): possibly a nickname for a gossip or a smooth-talker, from Middle High German kose, koese ‘talk’, ‘chat’. Compare Koser. Jewish (Ashkenazic): of uncertain origin. It may be an ornamental name from Slavic kos ‘blackbird’, as in 1, or alternatively it may be from Hebrew kos ‘drinking glass’ or Yiddish kos ‘goblet’, ‘cup’, probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who made glasses or cups. Dutch: from a Zeeland personal name derived from Constantius (see Constant). Hungarian (Kós): from a Turkish loanword kos ‘ram’ (from Old Turkish qoc, Ottoman Turkish qoç); perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a shepherd but more probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal.

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


Similar surnames: Kost, Kus, Koss, Kosa, Kot, Bos, Ko, Kon, Kor, Kops

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Kos Family Occupations

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In 1939, Outfitting textile Merchant and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Kos. 50% of Kos men worked as an Outfitting textile Merchant and 50% of Kos women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kos were Tailor Gents and Unpaid Domestic Duties

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Outfitting textile Merchant
    50%
  • Tailor Gents
    50%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Housekeeper
    50%
  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    50%

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Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Kos life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Kos in 1949 was 53, and 78 in 2004.

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