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Origin, popularity and meaning of the name COUSIN


Cousin : 1: French: nickname from Old French cusin cosin ‘first cousin’ from Latin consobrinus used (also) in the sense ‘friend crony’. Compare with 2.2: English: nickname from Middle English cusin cosin ‘kinsman or cousin’ a borrowing from Old French (see 1 above). 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.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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