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Cousin Name Meaning

English and French: nickname from Middle English, Old French co(u)sin, cusin (Latin consobrinus), which in the Middle Ages, as in Shakespearean English, had the general meaning ‘relative’, ‘kinsman’. The surname would thus have denoted a person related in some way to a prominent figure in the neighborhood. In some cases it may also have been a nickname for someone who used the term ‘cousin’ frequently as a familiar term of address. The old slang word cozen ‘cheat’, perhaps derives from the medieval confidence trickster’s use of the word cousin as a term of address to invoke a spurious familiarity. The patronymics constitute the most frequent forms of this name.

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

Similar surnames: Voisin, Corbin, Coppin, Collin, Cousins, Cossin, Boutin, Moulin

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Cousin Family Origin

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Cousin Family Occupations

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

  • Farmer

  • Servant

  • Fisherman

  • Architect


In 1881, Farmer, Servant and Fisherman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cousin. The most common Cousin occupation in Canada was Farmer. 27% of Cousin's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cousin family was Architect.

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Cousin Historical Records

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Cousin Life Expectancy

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