History of your Surname
Get access to Forney family records.Start a free trial

Forney Family History

Forney Name Meaning

Of German origin (also found in Alsace and French Switzerland): perhaps a variant of Farner. Compare Fahrni. The surname is also found in England and could be a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. Compare Farney, Furney.

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

Similar surnames: Farney, Furney, Forrey, Horney, Corney, Torney, Forcey, Fortney

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Forney family from?

You can see how Forney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Forney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Forney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 9 Forney families living in Lancashire. This was about 41% of all the recorded Forney's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Forney families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Forney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Forney ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named Forney. .

View Census data for Forney | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Forney family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Forney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Australian census records for Forney

Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Forney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Forney immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Forney. For the veterans among your Forney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Forney military records

You've only scratched the surface of Forney family history.

Discover More

What is the average Forney lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Forney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Forney in 1941 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Forney

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Forney family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial