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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Foreman

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Fore"man
The first or chief manThe chief man of a jury, who acts as their speaker.The chief of a set of hands employed in a shop, or on works of any kind, who superintends the rest; an overseer.
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  1. A person who exercises control over workers ("if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman")
  2. A man who is foreperson of a jury
  1. (management) The leader of a work crew.
  2. (law) The member of a jury who presides over it and speaks on its behalf.
  3. (historical, US, during the era of slavery) A black (slave) assistant to the white overseer who managed field hands.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Foreman

George Foreman is a boxer. George was born on January 10th, 1949 in Marshall, Texas, U.S.


Eric Foreman is a fictional character.


Afroman is a hip hop music and west coast hip hop musician. He plays Gibson EDS-1275, Fender Jazz Bass, and Pearl Drums. He has been prominent since 1992. Afroman was given the name Joseph Edgar Foreman on July 28th, 1974 in South Central, California, United States.


Jamie Foreman is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1977 to present. Jamie was born as the child of Freddie Foreman on May 25th, 1958 in Bermondsey.


Jon Foreman is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Jon was given the name Jonathan Mark Foreman on October 22nd, 1976 in San Bernardino County, California.


Freddie was born on March 5th, 1932 in Battersea.


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Popularity of Foreman as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Foreman U.S.
  White 65.78% 64.26%
  African American 27.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.49% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Foreman

People with the last name Foreman are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Foreman

  • How Popular is the name Foreman? As a last name Foreman was the 1,234th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Foreman first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Foreman is Friday, November 16th, 1883.
  • How unique is the name Foreman? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Foreman. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Foreman: Your name in reverse order is Namerof. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oermnaf. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Foreman? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 28,605 people with the last name Foreman.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Foreman? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Foreman as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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