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Goforth Family History

Goforth Name Meaning

English (East Yorkshire): from the Middle English phrase go fair ‘travel safely’ later altered to Goforth perhaps through confusion with Garforth . In some cases probably also an Americanized form of German Goffart or of its very rare variant Goffarth: from a Lower Rhine variant of the personal name Gottfried .

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


Similar surnames: Boortz, Gooch, Furth, Howorth, Horth, Orth, Forth, Porth, Borth

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Where is the Goforth family from?

You can see how Goforth families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goforth family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Goforth families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Goforth families living in North Carolina. This was about 25% of all the recorded Goforth's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Goforth families in 1840.
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What did your Goforth ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Goforth. 27% of Goforth men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Goforth women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goforth were Salesman and Seamstress. .

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housework
    7%
  • Seamstress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Goforth. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goforth 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 795 immigration records available for the last name Goforth. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Goforth. For the veterans among your Goforth ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Goforth lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Goforth life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Goforth in 1942 was 26, and 71 in 2004.

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