19th Century Occupations or job descriptions from Faber to Fuyster.


Faberartisan or workman, a smith.
FabricatorSomeone who makes things
FactorAn agent employed by merchants to transact business of buying and selling
Factor AgentMerchant for commission or factor, one who transacts business for another (usually absent).
Factory Engine Driver
Factory GirlA girl who works in a factory.
Factory Hand
Factory LabourerA general labourer who works in a factory.
Factory LadA junior factory worker.
Fagettermade up faggots into bundles, seller of firewood
FakerPhotographic assistant who added colour to photographs by hand before colour film was available.
Falconer or Falknerbreeds, trains, or hunts with hawks
Fancy Bag Maker
Fancy Basket Liner 
Fancy Basket Maker
Fancy Bonnet Maker
Fancy Boot Maker
Fancy Box Maker 
Fancy Box Trimmer
Fancy Brush Drawer
Fancy Business Assistant
Fancy Cabinet Maker
Fancy Manpimp
Fancy Pearl Workerworked in mother-of-pearl making buttons or fancy goods
Fancy Plush Maker
Fancy Salesman 
Fancy Silk Sceiner
Fancy Trimmer 
Fancy Womanprostitute
FannerA grain winnower.
FanwrightA maker and repairer of fans or winnowing baskets.
FarandmanA stranger or traveller, especially a travelling merchant.
Farm bailiff
Farmaceutical DruggistNowadays it's a real word, however, in the 19th Century, this was probably a miss-spelling.
Farmeroften descendant of the gentry; usually having servants and farm workers, or a tax-collector or bailiff.
Farmer, grazierA farmer who pastures and raises cattle.
FarrierA horse doctor, or a blacksmith, one who shoes horses
Farrier, Smith
Farrier's AssistantObvious really/td>
FaulknerA Falconer.
Fawknertrainer of falcons
Fear Nothing MakerA weaver of a special kind of thick woollen cloth known as fear-nought, used for protective clothing and lining portholes, walls, and doors of powder magazines on board ships.
Feather BeaterAlso Feather Cleaner; cleanser of feathers
Feather Brush Maker
Feather Curlercurled feathers to prepare them for use in hat making etc
Feather Dressercleaned and prepared feathers for sale
Feather Maker
Feather Mandealer in feathers and plumes
Feather Trade
Feather Wifewoman who prepared feathers for use
Feather Worker
Feed Warehouse
FeederA herdsman.
Fell mongerOne who removes hair or wool from hides in preparation for leather making, or a dealer in hides & sheepskins.
FellerA woodcutter, or a person who laid or felled seams in textiles.
Fellow of College
Felorship Porter
Felterworker in the hatting industry
Female Clerk
Fence ViewerA person who inspects farmer's fences.
FeronerAn ironmonger.
FerreterDealer in or manufacturer of ferret, or silk tape.
Ferur or FeratorA farrier or blacksmith.
FestitianDoctor or Physician
Fettlercleaned the machinery in woollen mills, removing accumulated fibres, grease, etc, or one who sharpened the fustian cutters knives, or a needlemaker who filed the needle to a point.
FeuarA holder of lands granted for services
FeverA blacksmith.
FewsterA maker of saddletrees.
FewtererThe keeper of hounds, for hunting or coursing. A keeper of greyhounds.
Feydur BeaterA feather beater.
Field MasterSee Hayward
File Cutter - Makera maker of files, involved the cutting of grooves on the file surface
FillerA person who filled bobbins in mills.
Filler in the Stick Trade
Fine Art Dealer
Fine DrawerOne who is employed in tailoring to repair tears in the cloth. Invisible mending.
Finger Rug Maker
Finisheroperated machine giving final touches to a manufactured article in various trades
Finisher's Assistantassisted - obvious really
Fire Wood CutterAlso Firewood Cutter; cuts timber for firewood.
Fire Wood DealerAlso Firewood Dealer; Sold firewood.
FirebeaterA person who tended the boilers that powered the machinery in a cotton mill.
First Handsilk weaver who had his own loom (an outworker)
First Hand at Whitechapel Baths
FiscereA fisherman.
Fish Carrier
Fish Cooper
Fish Curercured fish
Fish Dealer
Fish Fagfemale fish monger
Fish Frier, Coffee
Fish Grader
Fish Hawkersold fish on the street
Fish Merchant
Fish MongerAlso Fishmonger; someone who sold fish from a shop
Fish Packer
Fish Portercarried and delivered boxes of fish in the fish market
Fisher or FishdryverA victualler
Fisherman/womancaught fish
Fishing Rod Maker
FitterA common term for a person who assembled several portions of machinery together, or a coal broker.
FlasherA specialist process worker in the glass industry.
FlatmanNavigated a broad flat-bottomed boat used for transport, especially in shallow waters. Common in the salt trade.
FlaunerA confectioner.
Flaxdresserprepared flax prior to spinning
FlesherA butcher or a person who worked in a tannery, or a nickname for a pimp.
FleshewerA butcher.
Fleshmongerbutcher or one who worked in a tannery
FletcherOne who made bows and arrows; arrowsmith
FloaterA vagrant.
FloatmanSee Flatman.
Floristsold flowers from a shop
Flour Factor
FlowerAn archer (Flo-arrow).
Flower Hawker/Seller/Costersold flowers on the street
Flower Makermade flowers (artificial)
Flower Workerworked in the flower trade; looking after growing flowers
Flush Binder, Book
Flushermancleaned out water mains
Flute Maker
Flycoachman or Flymandriver of one-horse carriage hired by the day
Flying Stationerstreet broadsheet seller
FlymanDriver of a light vehicle hired out for carriage of passengers, or a theatre stage hand.
FoggerPetty chapman, carrying wares from village to village, or a middleman in the nail and chain trade, or an agricultural worker responsible for feeding the cattle, or a low class lawyer (Pettifogger).
Foister or FoistererA joiner.
Foot BoyA servant or attendant in livery.
Foot Maidenfemale servant
Foot ManAlso Footman; servant who ran errands, or one who opened the doors for passengers
Foot Padthief or robber
Foot Postletter carrier or messenger who travelled on foot
Foot StraightenerIn watchmaking, a person who assembled watch and clock dials.
Football Maker, Toy
Foremana man in charge in almost any industry
ForestariusA forester.
ForesterA game warden or forest ranger.
ForewomanA woman in charge in almost any industry
Forgeman, Smith or Forgerblacksmith, worker at a forge
ForknerA falconer.
Fossetmakerwho made faucets for ale-casks, etc
Foundry Delivery Clerk
FowerA street cleaner, sweeper.
Fowler or Fuglerkeeper or catcher of birds
FramarA farmer
Frame MakerAlso Framemaker; Someone who made frames.
Frame Mountermounted frames
Frame SpinnerA worker on a loom.
FramerA person who made frames for houses.
Framework KnitterAn operator of a machine which made hosiery. Originally a hand loom was used. Often abbreviated to FWK.
Freedmanone released from slavery
Freeholderone who holds land by fee simple. In colonial times, a freeholder had the right to vote and hold public office.
Freemanone who held the full rights of citizenship, such as voting and engaging in business, and a man who had served his apprenticeship and who could then work at his trade in his own right.
French Polisherpolished quality wooden furniture using French polish, wax or special lacquer
Freremanservant of the Friars.
FreserA maker of frieze, a rough plaster.
Freshwater ManA sailor who sailed boat on fresh water only or in the coastal trade.
Fret Cutter
Fret Lead Glazer
Frieght Porter
Frillings Maker
Fringe & Tassel Maker
FringemakerA person who made fringes, ornamental borders of cloth.
FrippererA buyer & seller of old clothes.
FriseurA hairdresser.
Frobisher or Furbisherremover of rust, a polisher of metal, eg. armour
Fruit Broker
Fruit Hawkersold fruit on the street
Fruit Sortersorted fruit
Fruiterer or Fruit Salesmansold fruit from a shop
FruitestereA female fruit seller.
FulkerA pawnbroker
Fullerfulls cloth; shrinks and thickens woollen cloth using fullers earth by moistening, heating, and pressing; one who cleans and finishes cloth
Fullers Earther
FunambulistA tightrope walker.
Funeral CoachmanDrove a funeral coach or hearse.
Funeral Wreath MakerMade wreaths for funerals
Fur Cap Maker
Fur Cape Hand
Fur Cape Liner
Fur Cape MakerMade fur capes
Fur CutterCut fur
Fur DealerBought and sold fur and articles made from fur.
Fur Draper
Fur DresserDressed fur
Fur Hand
Fur MachinistMachined fur
Fur PullerSomeone, usually women working at home, who removed the outer fur from a dur skin, leaving the soft, downy fur which lies close to the skin
Fur Skin Dresser
Fur SewerSewed fur
Fur TrimmerTrimmed fur
Furbisher, Furber or Furbourarmor polisher, see Frobisher
Furnace Stoker
FurnisherDealt in furniture
Furniture Broker
Furniture Japanner
Furniture LabourerA labourer in the furniture industry
Furniture Polisher
Furniture Upholsterer
Furrierseller, dresser or maker of furs
Furrier, Laster
Fustian WeaverA maker of corduroy.
FuysterSee Foister.

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