Cotner Family History

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Cotner Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized spelling of German Kötner or Köthner, status names for a cotter, derived from Middle High German, Middle Low German kote ‘shelter’, ‘cottage’, specifically of a kind that was rented on a daily basis and had little or no land with it. See Koth 1.

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

Similar surnames: Cotter, Corner, Cooner, Cortner, Cotler, Cater, Notter, Comer

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Cotner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cotner name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Sweden


  • Norway


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Cotner Family Origin

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Cotner Family Occupations

What did your Cotner ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Cotner family was Laborer. The most common Cotner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 65% of Cotner's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cotner.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer

  • Laborer


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

Cotner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Cotner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cotner 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 227 immigration records available for the last name Cotner. 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 Cotner. For the veterans among your Cotner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cotner Life Expectancy

What is the average Cotner lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Cotner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Cotner in 1957 was 47, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cotner 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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