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Cope Name Meaning

English (Midlands): from Middle English cope ‘cloak cape’ (from Old English cāp reinforced by the Old Norse cognate kápa) hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who made cloaks or capes or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive one. Compare Cape . Americanized form of German Koob or Kopp .

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

Similar surnames: Cape, Cole, Copp, Hope, Pope, Coe, Cote, Corn, Comer, Howe

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Where is the Cope family from?

You can see how Cope families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cope family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cope families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,873 Cope families living in Staffordshire. This was about 26% of all the recorded Cope's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Cope families in 1891.
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What did your Cope ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Cope. 6% of Cope men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Cope women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cope were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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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

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Gardener
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Cope. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Cope. For the veterans among your Cope ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cope lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Cope life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cope in 1942 was 54, and 73 in 2004.

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