Fones Family History

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Fones Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): unexplained; perhaps from Middle English fon(ne) ‘stupid person’, ‘fool’ (origin unknown) or Middle English foun ‘fawn’, ‘young deer’ (from Old French feon, foun, faon). Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Fanz, a nickname for a roguish or mischievous person, from Middle High German vanz ‘joker’, ‘rogue’.

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

Similar surnames: Cones, Jones, Dones, Mones, Bones, Jines, Doles, Ines, Somes, Copes

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Fones Family Origin

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Fones Family Occupations

What did your Fones ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Fones occupation in the UK was Bricklayer. 10% of Fones's were Bricklayers. Bricklayer, Coal Miner and Lime Stone Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fones. A less common occupation for the Fones family was Anvil Maker (Tool).

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  • Bricklayer

  • Coal Miner

  • Lime Stone Miner

  • Anvil Maker (Tool)


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Fones Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Fones. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fones 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 951 immigration records available for the last name Fones. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Fones. For the veterans among your Fones ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fones Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fones life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Fones in 1944 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

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