Ordway Family History

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Ordway Name Meaning

English: from a late Old English personal name, Ordwig, composed of the elements ord ‘point (especially of a spear or sword)’ + wig ‘war’.

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

Similar surnames: Ottaway, Bradway, Radway, Organ, Gadway, Rodway, Day, Broadway, Oran

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Ordway Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ordway name?

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


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Ordway Family Origin

Where is the Ordway family from?

Ordway Family Occupations

What did your Ordway ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ordway. A less common occupation for the Ordway family was Laborer. The most common Ordway occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Ordway's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer


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

Ordway Historical Records

What Ordway family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Ordway. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ordway 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 Ordway. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Ordway. For the veterans among your Ordway ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ordway Life Expectancy

What is the average Ordway lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Ordway life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Ordway in 1945 was 26, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ordway

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ordway 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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