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Force Name Meaning

English: variant of Fosse. There has been some confusion with northwestern English force in the sense of ‘waterfall’, it is possible that the surname may also have arisen as a topographic name for someone living by a waterfall.French: topographic name for someone who lived by a fortress or stronghold, Old French force, Late Latin fortia, a derivative of fortis ‘strong’ (see Fort). There are several places named with this word (for example in Aude, and baronial lands in the Dordogne), and it may also be a habitational name from any of these.

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

Similar surnames: Forge, Forte, Fosse, Furse, Forni, Forde, Ponce, Corte, Fonte, Porte

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Where is the Force family from?

You can see how Force families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Force family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Force families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 44 Force families living in Devon. This was about 28% of all the recorded Force's in the UK. Devon had the highest population of Force families in 1891.
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What did your Force 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 Force. 40% of Force men worked as a General Labourer and 81% of Force women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Force were Old Age Pensioner 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
  • Farmer
  • Minder Cotton Spinning
  • Old Age Pensioner

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Old Age Pensioner
  • Home Duties
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Force. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Force 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Force. 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 74,000 military records available for the last name Force. For the veterans among your Force ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Force lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Force life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Force in 1949 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

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