Meaning and Origin of: Couch

Family name origins & meanings

  • Cornish and Welsh : nickname for a red-haired man, from cough, coch ‘red(-haired)’. Compare Gough.
  • English : metonymic occupational name for a maker of beds or bedding, or perhaps a nickname for a lazy man, from Middle English, Old French couche ‘bed’, a derivative of Old French coucher ‘to lay down’, Latin collocare ‘to place’.