When Fred Almon Cochran was born on 28 January 1932, in Colbert, Alabama, United States, his father, Arnold Lewis Cochran, was 21 and his mother, Mary Emma Robbins, was 20. He married Wilma Novella Austin on 14 March 1954, in Alexander, North Carolina, United States. He died on 2 December 2012, in Hickory, Catawba, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Shiloh Cemetery, Bethlehem, Alexander, North Carolina, United States.
Scottish (Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire): habitational name from the lands of Cochrane in the parish of Paisley, near Glasgow. The placename is of uncertain derivation, perhaps from Welsh coch ‘red’, although this etymology is not supported by the early spelling Coueran.