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Cogan Surname Meaning

Americanized form of Jewish (from Ukraine) Kogan from the Russian pronunciation of Cohen . Irish and Welsh (of Norman origin): habitational name from Cogan near Cardiff which may have been named with a Welsh word meaning ‘bowl depression’. In 1166 Milo de Cogan held two fees near Penarth (Glamorganshire) of William earl of Gloucester. Members of this Norman family probably account for the name's appearance in 13th-century Berwickshire. By this time the family was also present in Ireland associated with counties Limerick and Cork. It may have been the Irish branch that later brought the name to southwest Scotland. Irish (Leitrim): variant of Coogan . English: variant of Cockayne .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Wogan, Coggan, Logan, Kogan, Cohan, Coan, Coran, Colgan, Gogan

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Where is the Cogan family from?

You can see how Cogan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cogan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cogan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 105 Cogan families living in London. This was about 19% of all the recorded Cogan's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Cogan families in 1891.
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What did your Cogan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Cogan. 25% of Cogan men worked as a Bricklayer and 75% of Cogan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cogan were Builders Labourer and Barmaid. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Bricklayer
    25%
  • General Labourer
    15%
  • Grocers Assistant
    11%
  • Builders Labourer
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    75%
  • Housewife
    5%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Barmaid
    2%
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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Cogan. For the veterans among your Cogan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cogan lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Cogan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Cogan in 1943 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

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