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Coward Family History

Coward Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a cowherd Middle English couh(i)erde couhirde couhurde (Old English cūhyrde). The surname has nothing to do with the modern English word coward which is from Old French cuard a pejorative term from coue ‘tail’ (from Latin cauda) with reference to an animal with its tail between its legs.

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


Similar surnames: Coard, Howard, Seward, Edward, Ward, Card, Cowart, Chard, Cord

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Where is the Coward family from?

You can see how Coward families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Coward family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Coward families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 105 Coward families living in Ontario. This was about 68% of all the recorded Coward's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Coward families in 1911.
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What did your Coward ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Coward. 33% of Coward men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Coward women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coward were Engineer and Operator. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    33%
  • Labourer
    19%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Engineer
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    40%
  • Servant
    30%
  • Operator
    30%
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Census Records

There are 98,000 census records available for the last name Coward. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Coward census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Coward. 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 Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Coward. For the veterans among your Coward ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Coward lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Coward life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Coward in 1942 was 24, and 73 in 2004.

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