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Farris Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: variant of Fergus in which the Gaelic gh sound has been dropped rather than being altered to g. Compare Farrish Ferris . Probably also English: variant of Farrar . The name is quite common in southeastern England.

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


Similar surnames: Ferris, Harris, Faris, Barris, Carris, Marris, Farrish, Parris

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Where is the Farris family from?

You can see how Farris families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Farris family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Farris families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 44 Farris families living in Tennessee. This was about 16% of all the recorded Farris's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Farris families in 1840.
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What did your Farris ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Farris. 19% of Farris men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Farris women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Farris were Truck Driver and Waitress. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Farris. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Farris. For the veterans among your Farris ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Farris lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Farris life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Farris in 1942 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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