Forney Family History

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Forney Name Meaning

Of German origin (also found in Alsace and French Switzerland): perhaps a variant of Farner. Compare Fahrni. The surname is also found in England and could be a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. Compare Farney, Furney.

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

Similar surnames: Farney, Furney, Forrey, Horney, Corney, Torney, Forcey, Fortney

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Forney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Forney name?

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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Forney Family Origin

Where is the Forney family from?

Forney Family Occupations

What did your Forney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Engineer, Son and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Forney. The most common Forney occupation in Canada was Engineer. 27% of Forney's were Engineers. A less common occupation for the Forney family was Going To School.

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  • Engineer

  • Son

  • Farmer

  • Going To School


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

Forney Historical Records

What Forney family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Forney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forney 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Forney. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Forney. For the veterans among your Forney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Forney Life Expectancy

What is the average Forney lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Forney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Forney in 1941 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Forney 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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