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Ferry Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fearadhaigh ‘descendant of Fearadhach’, a personal name of uncertain origin, probably an adjective derivative of fear ‘man’. English: metonymic occupational name for a ferryman, or a topographic name for someone who lived by a ferry crossing on a river. Middle English feri ‘ferry’ is from Old Norse ferja ‘ferry’, ultimately cognate with the Old English verb ferian ‘to carry’.

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


Similar surnames: Merry, Berry, Perry, Terry, Derry, Ferro, Werry, Jerry, Cherry, Fey

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Where is the Ferry family from?

You can see how Ferry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ferry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ferry families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 321 Ferry families living in London. This was about 25% of all the recorded Ferry's in the UK. London had the highest population of Ferry families in 1891.
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What did your Ferry ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Ferry. 20% of Ferry men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Ferry women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ferry were Cabinet Maker and Incapacitated.

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    20%
  • Farm Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Cabinet Maker
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    74%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Unpaid Household Duties
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 92,000 census records available for the last name Ferry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ferry 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Ferry. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Ferry. For the veterans among your Ferry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ferry lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Ferry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Ferry in 1942 was 48, and 76 in 2004.

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