Cotton Family History

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Cotton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of numerous places named from Old English cotum (dative plural of cot) ‘at the cottages or huts’ (or sometimes possibly from a Middle English plural, coten). Examples include Coton (Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire), Cottam (East Yorkshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire), and Cotham (Nottinghamshire). French: from a diminutive of Old French cot(t)e ‘coat (of mail)’ (see Cott).

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

Similar surnames: Colton, Catton, Scotton, Hatton, Cotten, Cott, Tolton, Colston

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Cotton Family Origin

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Cotton Family Occupations

What did your Cotton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Mnagre were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Cotton. 30% of Cotton men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Cotton women worked as a Mnagre. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cotton were Carpenter and Stenographer

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Mnagre
  • Servant
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer

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

Cotton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 253,000 census records available for the last name Cotton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cotton 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Cotton. 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 41,000 military records available for the last name Cotton. For the veterans among your Cotton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cotton Life Expectancy

What is the average Cotton lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Cotton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Cotton in 1942 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cotton

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