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Gorman Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gormáin and Ó Gormáin ‘son (or descendant) of Gormán’, a personal name from a diminutive of gorm ‘dark blue’, ‘noble’. Compare O’Gorman. English: from the Middle English personal name Gormund, Old English Garmund, composed of the elements gar ‘spear’ + mund ‘protection’. English: topographic name for someone who lived by or on a triangular patch of land (see Gore). German (Görmann): variant of Gehrmann. German (Görmann): of Slavic origin, occupational name for a miner, from Slavic góra ‘mountain’.

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


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

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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 the 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.
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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 CA 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.

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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
    39%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Stenographer
    11%
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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.

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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.

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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.

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