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Forde Surname Meaning

English and Irish: variant of Ford 1 and This is a very common spelling in Ireland. Norwegian (Førde): habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Førde (there are eleven on the west coast) from Old Norse fyrthi dative of fjǫrthr ‘fjord’.

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


Similar surnames: Jorde, Ford, Force, Fosse, Horne, Forte, Forge, Cordes, Cordle, Borne

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Where is the Forde family from?

You can see how Forde families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Forde family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Forde families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 100 Forde families living in Ontario. This was about 83% of all the recorded Forde's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Forde families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Forde surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Forde ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Forde. 50% of Forde men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Forde women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Forde were Trainman and Operator Box Folding Machine. .

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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
    50%
  • Labourer
    22%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Trainman
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    28%
  • Nurse
    19%
  • Housekeeper
    19%
  • Operator Box Folding Machine
    19%
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Census Records

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Forde. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forde 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Forde. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Forde. For the veterans among your Forde ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Forde lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Forde life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Forde in 1947 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

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