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Foran Name Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fuartháin ‘descendant of Fuarthán’ a personal name derived from fuar ‘cold’. The word fuarán also means ‘spring’ or ‘pool’. The form Fuarthán was understood as fuarathán ‘cold little ford’ and the name has thus sometimes been translated into English as Ford .

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


Similar surnames: Toran, Forhan, Horan, Moran, Boran, Folan, Doran, Oran, Solan, Gogan

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Where is the Foran family from?

You can see how Foran families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Foran family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Foran families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Foran family living in Arkansas. This was about 17% of all the recorded Foran's in USA. Arkansas and 5 other states had the highest population of Foran families in 1840.
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What did your Foran ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Foran. 13% of Foran men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Foran women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Foran were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    14%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Foran. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Foran. For the veterans among your Foran ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Foran lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Foran life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Foran in 1952 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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