Foran Family History

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Foran Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fuartháin ‘descendant of Fuarthán’, a personal name derived from fuar ‘cold’. (The word fuarán also means ‘spring’ or ‘pool’.) The form Fuarthán was understood as fuarathán ‘cold little ford’, and the name has thus sometimes been translated as Ford. See Forand.

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

Similar surnames: Toran, Forhan, Horan, Moran, Boran, Folan, Doran, Oran, Solan, Gogan

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Foran Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Foran name?

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • France


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Foran Family Origin

Where is the Foran family from?

Foran Family Occupations

What did your Foran ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Housekeeper, Agricultural Labourer and Charger Blast Furnace (Iron) were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Foran. A less common occupation for the Foran family was Chelsea Pensioner. The most common Foran occupation in the UK was Housekeeper. 8% of Foran's were Housekeepers.

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  • Housekeeper

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Charger Blast Furnace (Iron)

  • Chelsea Pensioner


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

Foran Historical Records

What Foran family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Foran. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Foran 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Foran. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Foran. For the veterans among your Foran ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Foran Life Expectancy

What is the average Foran lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Foran life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Foran in 1952 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Foran

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Foran 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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