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Ferreira Family History

Ferreira Name Meaning

Galician and Portuguese: common topographic name for someone who lived by a forge or iron workings, from Latin ferraria ‘forge’, ‘iron working’.

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


Similar surnames: Ferrera, Ferrara, Ferreiro, Herrera, Pereira, Ferreyra, Carreira

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Where is the Ferreira family from?

You can see how Ferreira families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ferreira family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ferreira families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Ferreira family living in Florida Territory. This was 100% of all the recorded Ferreira's in USA. Florida Territory had the highest population of Ferreira families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ferreira surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ferreira ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Spinner were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ferreira. 27% of Ferreira men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Ferreira women worked as a Spinner. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ferreira were Weaver and Sewer. .

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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

  • Laborer
    27%
  • Farmer
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Weaver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Spinner
    10%
  • New Worker
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Sewer
    5%
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Census Records

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Ferreira. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ferreira 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Ferreira. 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 Ferreira. For the veterans among your Ferreira ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ferreira lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ferreira life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ferreira in 1940 was 44, and 71 in 2004.

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