Ferris Family History

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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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Ferris Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ferris name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ferris. 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


  • Middle East


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Ferris Family Origin

Where is the Ferris family from?

Ferris Family Occupations

What did your Ferris ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Carpenter and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ferris. A less common occupation for the Ferris family was Student. The most common Ferris occupation in Canada was Farmer. 43% of Ferris's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Labourer

  • Student


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

Ferris Historical Records

What Ferris family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Ferris Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ferris

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ferris 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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