Ferry Family History

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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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Ferry Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ferry name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ferry. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Ferry Family Origin

Where is the Ferry family from?

Ferry Family Occupations

What did your Ferry ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Ferry occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 6% of Ferry's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Ferry family was Cabinet Maker. Coal Miner, Labourer and Butcher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ferry.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Butcher

  • Cabinet Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ferry ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ferry Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Ferry Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ferry

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ferry ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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