Fordham Family History

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Fordham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places in Cambridgeshire, Essex, and Norfolk named Fordham, from Old English ford ‘ford’ + ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’.

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


Similar surnames: Farnham, Worsham, Woodham, Northam, Bradham, Derham, Wortham, Feltham

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Fordham Family Origin

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Fordham Family Occupations

What did your Fordham ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Fordham. 22% of Fordham men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Fordham women worked as a Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fordham were Finisher and Checker

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Finisher
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Servant
    15%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
  • Caretaker
    8%
  • Checker
    8%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Fordham Historical Records

What Fordham family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 83,000 census records available for the last name Fordham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fordham 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Fordham. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Fordham. For the veterans among your Fordham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fordham Life Expectancy

What is the average Fordham lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Fordham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Fordham in 1943 was 62, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Fordham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fordham 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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