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Ferguson Surname Meaning

Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fergus ‘son of Fearghus’ (see Fergus ) by substituting -son for mac-.

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

Similar surnames: Fergus, Burgeson, Fergason, Berkson, Bergerson, Persson, Bernson

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Where is the Ferguson family from?

You can see how Ferguson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ferguson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ferguson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2,606 Ferguson families living in Ontario. This was about 54% of all the recorded Ferguson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ferguson families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ferguson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ferguson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Ferguson. 38% of Ferguson men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Ferguson women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ferguson were Farmers Son and 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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Farmer
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Census Records

There are 901,000 census records available for the last name Ferguson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ferguson 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 186,000 immigration records available for the last name Ferguson. 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 160,000 military records available for the last name Ferguson. For the veterans among your Ferguson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ferguson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ferguson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Ferguson in 1940 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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