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Forney Name Meaning

Of German origin (also found in Alsace and French Switzerland): perhaps a variant of Farner. Compare Fahrni. The surname is also found in England and could be a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. Compare Farney, Furney.

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


Similar surnames: Farney, Furney, Forrey, Horney, Corney, Torney, Forcey, Fortney

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Where is the Forney family from?

You can see how Forney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Forney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Forney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 50 Forney families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 51% of all the recorded Forney's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Forney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Forney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Forney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Forney. 18% of Forney men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Forney women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Forney were Truck Driver and Cook.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Cook
    7%
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Census Records

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Forney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forney 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 Forney. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Forney. For the veterans among your Forney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Forney lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Forney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Forney in 1941 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

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