Ferrier Family History

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Ferrier Name Meaning

Scottish: occupational name for a smith, one who shoed horses, Middle English and Old French ferrier, from medieval Latin ferrarius, from ferrus ‘horseshoe’, from Latin ferrum ‘iron’. Compare Farrar. Scottish: possibly an occupational name for a ferryman. Black reports that lands called Ferrylands in Dumbarton, by a ferry across the Clyde, belonged to Robert Ferrier in 1512. Possibly southern French: occupational name for a smith, a variant of Ferrié (see Ferrie).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Perrier, Ferrer, Verrier, Verdier, Carrier, Berrier, Ferriter

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Ferrier Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ferrier name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ferrier. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Ferrier Family Origin

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Ferrier Family Occupations

What did your Ferrier ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Student and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ferrier. The most common Ferrier occupation in Canada was Farmer. 21% of Ferrier's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Ferrier family was Fruiterer.

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  • Farmer

  • Student

  • School

  • Fruiterer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ferrier ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ferrier Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Ferrier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ferrier census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Ferrier. 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 Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Ferrier. For the veterans among your Ferrier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ferrier Life Expectancy

What is the average Ferrier lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Ferrier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Ferrier in 1948 was 47, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ferrier ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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