History of your Surname
Get access to Gorman family records.Start a 14-Day Free Trial

Gorman Family History

Gorman Surname Meaning

Irish (Munster): from Mac Gormáin and Ó Gormáin ‘son (or descendant) of Gormán’ a personal name from a diminutive of gorm ‘dark blue noble’. Americanized form of German Görmann: variant of Germann . Americanized form of German Görmann: of Slavic origin an occupational name for a miner from Slavic gora ‘mountain’ + Middle High German man ‘man’. Americanized form of French Gaumond or Gaumont .

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

Similar surnames: German, Dorman, Norman, Orman, Forman, Goeman, Gordon, Gohman, Gurman

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Gorman family from?

You can see how Gorman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gorman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gorman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 475 Gorman families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Gorman's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gorman families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gorman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gorman ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Gorman. 39% of Gorman men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Gorman women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gorman were Clerk and Stenographer. .

View Census Data for Gorman | Data not to scale

*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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Gorman family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 270,000 census records available for the last name Gorman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gorman census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Gorman

Passenger Lists

There are 44,000 immigration records available for the last name Gorman. 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.

View all Gorman immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 47,000 military records available for the last name Gorman. For the veterans among your Gorman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Gorman military records

You've only scratched the surface of Gorman family history

Discover More

What is the average Gorman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gorman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Gorman in 1940 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gorman

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Gorman family tree

Explore Your Tree

Browse profiles of historical people with the Gorman last name

Search for another surname
Enter last name/surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial