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Fornes Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of the twelve farmsteads so named, from either Old Norse fura ‘pine’ or for ‘foremost’, ‘front’ + nes ‘headland’, ‘promontory’ (the latter etymology suggests a headland jutting out farther than others near it). Catalan (Fornés): respelling of Forners, either an occupational or a topographic name from the plural of Forner 2.

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


Similar surnames: Farnes, Furness, Forbes, Tornes, Forner, Horner, Forni, Cordes, Horne

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Where is the Fornes family from?

You can see how Fornes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fornes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fornes families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Fornes families living in North Carolina. This was 100% of all the recorded Fornes's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Fornes families in 1840.
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What did your Fornes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fornes. 25% of Fornes men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Fornes women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fornes were Carpenter and Housekeeper. .

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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
    25%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Carpenter
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    24%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Stenographer
    24%
  • Housekeeper
    16%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Fornes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fornes 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Fornes. 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 545 military records available for the last name Fornes. For the veterans among your Fornes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fornes lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Fornes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Fornes in 1957 was 61, and 83 in 2004.

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