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Forman Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a keeper of swine, Middle English foreman, from Old English for ‘hog’, ‘pig’ + mann ‘man’. English: status name for a leader or spokesman for a group, from Old English fore ‘before’, ‘in front’ + mann ‘man’. The word is attested in this sense from the 15th century, but is not used specifically for the leader of a gang of workers before the late 16th century. Czech and Jewish (from Bohemia, Moravia): occupational name for a carter, Czech forman, a loanword from German.

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


Similar surnames: Dorman, Farman, Gorman, Furman, Norman, Florman, Orman, German, Organ

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Where is the Forman family from?

You can see how Forman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Forman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Forman families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 85 Forman families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Forman's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Forman families in 1911.
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What did your Forman ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Forman. 46% of Forman men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Forman women worked as a Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Forman were Machinist and Income.

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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
    46%
  • Labourer
    15%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Servant
    50%
  • Income
    50%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Forman. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Forman. For the veterans among your Forman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Forman lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Forman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Forman in 1941 was 65, and 76 in 2004.

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