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Fordham Family History

Fordham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places in Cambridgeshire Essex and Norfolk named Fordham from Old English ford ‘ford’ + hām ‘homestead’.

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


Similar surnames: Farnham, Worsham, Woodham, Northam, Bradham, Derham, Wortham, Feltham

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Where is the Fordham family from?

You can see how Fordham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fordham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fordham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 51 Fordham families living in New York. This was about 64% of all the recorded Fordham's in USA. New York had the highest population of Fordham families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fordham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fordham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fordham. 20% of Fordham men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Fordham women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fordham were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 83,000 census records available for the last name Fordham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fordham 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Fordham. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Fordham. For the veterans among your Fordham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fordham lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Fordham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Fordham in 1943 was 62, and 72 in 2004.

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