Cohan Family History

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Cohan Name Meaning

Variant of Irish Cohane, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cadhain (see Coyne 2). Variant spelling of Jewish (Ashkenazic) Cohen. This spelling of the Jewish name is found mainly in France.

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

Similar surnames: Coan, Mohan, Cogan, Rohan, Cahan, Lohan, Bohan, Cohn, Coran, Coyan

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Cohan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cohan name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Cohan Family Origin

Where is the Cohan family from?

Cohan Family Occupations

What did your Cohan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cohan occupation in Canada was Dealer Rags & Iron. 25% of Cohan's were Dealer Rags & Irons. A less common occupation for the Cohan family was Servant. Dealer Rags & Iron, Labourer and Labourer G W R were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cohan.

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  • Dealer Rags & Iron

  • Labourer

  • Labourer G W R

  • Servant


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

Cohan Historical Records

What Cohan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Cohan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cohan 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Cohan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Cohan. For the veterans among your Cohan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cohan Life Expectancy

What is the average Cohan lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Cohan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Cohan in 1952 was 50, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cohan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cohan 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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