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Furse Name Meaning

English (chiefly Devon): topographic name for someone who lived on a piece of land that was thickly grown with gorse, from Old English fyrse ‘gorse’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Furze in Devon and Cornwall.

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


Similar surnames: Fuse, Hurst, Purse, Hulse, Fosse, Forsey, Furby, Fure, Furst, Burke

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Where is the Furse family from?

You can see how Furse families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Furse family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Furse families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Furse families living in Michigan. This was about 33% of all the recorded Furse's in the USA. Michigan and 1 other state had the highest population of Furse families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Furse surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Furse ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Furse. 20% of Furse men worked as a Salesman and 50% of Furse women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Furse were Farmer and Clerk.

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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

  • Salesman
    20%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Printer
    16%
  • Farmer
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
    50%
  • Clerk
    50%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Furse. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Furse 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 Furse. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Furse. For the veterans among your Furse ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Furse lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Furse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Furse in 1956 was 58, and 56 in 2004.

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