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Fergus Surname Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fearghuis or Ó Fearghasa ‘descendant of Fearghus’ formed with fear ‘man’ + gus ‘vigor force’. This was the name of an early Irish mythological figure a valiant warrior also of the grandfather of Saint Columba. Scottish and English: from the Gaelic personal name Fearghus (see 1 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Ferris, Berges, Ergle, Ferguson, Feltus, Feig, Gargus, Ferger, Ferren

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Where is the Fergus family from?

You can see how Fergus families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fergus family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fergus families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 30 Fergus families living in Ontario. This was about 70% of all the recorded Fergus's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Fergus families in 1911.
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What did your Fergus ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Fergus. 48% of Fergus men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
    48%
  • Labourer
    18%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Engineer
    12%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Fergus. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Fergus. For the veterans among your Fergus ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fergus lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Fergus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Fergus in 1956 was 61, and 77 in 2004.

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