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Origins of the Ferguson surname

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What does the name Ferguson mean?

The origin of the Ferguson surname is Scottish. The name is patronymic, and refers to somebody who was the son or of the lineage of someone with the given name Fergus. Even today, the name is most popular north of the Anglo-Scottish border.

Alternative variations of the name Ferguson

Ferguson, Fergusson, Fergison, Fergason, Fergusone

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Where do most Fergusons live?

In 1921, most Fergusons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Fergusons

How common is your surname?

263rd most common surname in the UK

We have 165,000 records for the Ferguson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Fergusons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Ferguson first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Ferguson family members

Common jobs for Fergusons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Fergusons in 1921


Domestic Servant






House Keeper


Common Male occupations for Fergusons in 1921
Coal Miner








General Labourer


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