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Ferrier Name Meaning

Scottish: occupational name for a smith, one who shoed horses, Middle English and Old French ferrier, from medieval Latin ferrarius, from ferrus ‘horseshoe’, from Latin ferrum ‘iron’. Compare Farrar. Scottish: possibly an occupational name for a ferryman. Black reports that lands called Ferrylands in Dumbarton, by a ferry across the Clyde, belonged to Robert Ferrier in 1512. Possibly southern French: occupational name for a smith, a variant of Ferrié (see Ferrie).

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


Similar surnames: Perrier, Ferrer, Verrier, Verdier, Carrier, Berrier, Ferriter

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Where is the Ferrier family from?

You can see how Ferrier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ferrier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ferrier families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1840 there were 5 Ferrier families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 29% of all the recorded Ferrier's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ferrier families in 1840.
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What did your Ferrier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ferrier. 15% of Ferrier men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Ferrier women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ferrier were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • New Worker
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
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Census Records

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Ferrier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ferrier 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Ferrier. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Ferrier. For the veterans among your Ferrier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ferrier lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Ferrier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Ferrier in 1948 was 47, and 79 in 2004.

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