Forde Family History

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Forde Name Meaning

English and Irish: variant spelling of Ford 1 and 2. This is a very common spelling in Ireland. Norwegian: habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Førde (there are eleven on the west coast), from Old Norse fyrði, dative of fjórðr ‘fjord’.

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

Similar surnames: Jorde, Ford, Force, Fosse, Horne, Forte, Forge, Cordes, Cordle, Borne

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Forde Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Forde name?

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Benin/Togo


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Forde Family Origin

Where is the Forde family from?

Forde Family Occupations

What did your Forde ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Forde occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 5% of Forde's were Annuitants. A less common occupation for the Forde family was Barrister At Law. Annuitant, Agricultural Labourer and Baker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Forde.

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  • Annuitant

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Baker

  • Barrister At Law


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

Forde Historical Records

What Forde family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Forde. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forde 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Forde. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Forde. For the veterans among your Forde ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Forde Life Expectancy

What is the average Forde lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Forde life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Forde in 1947 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Forde

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Forde 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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