Gorman Family History

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Gorman Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gormáin and Ó Gormáin ‘son (or descendant) of Gormán’, a personal name from a diminutive of gorm ‘dark blue’, ‘noble’. Compare O’Gorman. English: from the Middle English personal name Gormund, Old English Garmund, composed of the elements gar ‘spear’ + mund ‘protection’. English: topographic name for someone who lived by or on a triangular patch of land (see Gore). German (Görmann): variant of Gehrmann. German (Görmann): of Slavic origin, occupational name for a miner, from Slavic góra ‘mountain’.

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

Similar surnames: German, Dorman, Norman, Orman, Forman, Goeman, Gordon, Gohman, Gurman

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Gorman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gorman name?

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Gorman Family Origin

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Gorman Family Occupations

What did your Gorman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Coal Miner and Iron Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gorman. A less common occupation for the Gorman family was Charwoman. The most common Gorman occupation in the UK was Labourer. 9% of Gorman's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Iron Miner

  • Charwoman


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

Gorman Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 270,000 census records available for the last name Gorman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gorman 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 44,000 immigration records available for the last name Gorman. 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 47,000 military records available for the last name Gorman. For the veterans among your Gorman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gorman Life Expectancy

What is the average Gorman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gorman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Gorman in 1940 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gorman 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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