Cosby Family History

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Cosby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Leicestershire named Cosby, from an Old English personal name Cossa + Old Norse býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Corby, Mosby, Colby, Crosby, Godby, Lusby, Wisby, Hobby, Busby

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Cosby Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cosby name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Cosby Family Origin

Where is the Cosby family from?

Cosby Family Occupations

What did your Cosby ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cosby occupation in Canada was Farmer. 67% of Cosby's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cosby family was Farm Labor. Farmer, Barber and Aprentice were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cosby.

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  • Farmer

  • Barber

  • Aprentice

  • Farm Labor


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

Cosby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Cosby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cosby 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Cosby. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Cosby. For the veterans among your Cosby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cosby Life Expectancy

What is the average Cosby lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Cosby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Cosby in 1945 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cosby 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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