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Fry Family History

Fry Name Meaning

English (mainly southern and southwestern): from Middle English frie ‘free’ (Old English frīo frīg) with reference either to rank or tenurial status (‘free-born’) or to character (‘generous open-handed’). It is synonymous with Free . Americanized form of German Frei or Frey or of the Dutch cognate Vrij.

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


Similar surnames: Fay, Frye, Pry, Fey, Ury, Bay, Day, Foy, Fray, Ary

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Where is the Fry family from?

You can see how Fry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fry families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 439 Fry families living in Ontario. This was about 55% of all the recorded Fry's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Fry families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fry surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fry ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Fry. 29% of Fry men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Fry women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fry were Carpenter and Nurse. .

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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
    29%
  • Labourer
    6%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
    18%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Student
    9%
  • Nurse
    9%
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Census Records

There are 470,000 census records available for the last name Fry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fry 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 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Fry. 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 60,000 military records available for the last name Fry. For the veterans among your Fry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fry lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Fry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Fry in 1941 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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