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Farney Name Meaning

English and Scottish: of uncertain origin; perhaps a topographic name from Middle English fern ‘fern’ + heye ‘enclosure’, or possibly a habitational name from a minor place so named. Compare Forney, Furney. Variant of German Farner.

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


Similar surnames: Forney, Furney, Darney, Farnes, Marney, Farley, Arney, Barney, Varney

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Where is the Farney family from?

You can see how Farney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Farney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Farney families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Farney families living in Maryland. This was about 17% of all the recorded Farney's in the USA. Maryland and 2 other states had the highest population of Farney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Farney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Farney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Farney. 30% of Farney men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Farney women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Farney were Carpenter 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
    30%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Waitress
    9%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Farney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Farney 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 881 immigration records available for the last name Farney. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Farney. For the veterans among your Farney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Farney lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Farney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1960. The average life expectancy for Farney in 1946 was 64, and 70 in 2004.

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