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Ferris Family History

Ferris Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: reduced Anglicized form of Irish Ó Fearghuis or Ó Fearghasa ‘descendant of Fearghus’, or from the Scottish-Gaelic form of this personal name, Fearghus (see Fergus). English: variant of Farrar.

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


Similar surnames: Ferries, Farris, Ferriss, Terris, Perris, Ferrin, Ferran, Ferrier

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Where is the Ferris family from?

You can see how Ferris families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ferris family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ferris families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 410 Ferris families living in Ontario. This was about 61% of all the recorded Ferris's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ferris families in 1911.
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What did your Ferris ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Wife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Ferris. 42% of Ferris men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Ferris women worked as a Wife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ferris were Carpenter and Stenographer.

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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
    42%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Wife
    15%
  • Student
    11%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Census Records

There are 215,000 census records available for the last name Ferris. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ferris 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 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Ferris. 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 34,000 military records available for the last name Ferris. For the veterans among your Ferris ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ferris lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Ferris life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ferris in 1947 was 53, and 77 in 2004.

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