When Johnnie Howard Foran was born on 3 August 1934, in Panama City, Bay, Florida, United States, his father, Jesse Lonnie Foran, was 43 and his mother, Bessie Josephine Long, was 33. He married Carolyn Virginia Wright in March 1957, in Jackson, Florida, United States. He lived in Bay, Somalia in 1935 and Election Precinct 21 Alford, Jackson, Florida, United States in 1940. He died on 14 May 1999, in Liberty, Florida, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kynesville, Jackson, Florida, United States.
Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fuartháin ‘descendant of Fuarthán’, a personal name derived from fuar ‘cold’. The word fuarán also means ‘spring’ or ‘pool’. The form Fuarthán was understood as fuarathán ‘cold little ford’, and the name has thus sometimes been translated into English as Ford .