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Dunford Family History

Dunford Name Meaning
English: habitational name from Dunford Bridge, a hamlet near Penistone, West Yorkshire, so called from the river Don (a British name, possibly meaning ‘river’) + Old English ford ‘ford’, or from Dunford House in Methley, West Yorkshire, which is named in Old English as ‘Dunn’s ford’ (see Dunn 2). Reaney suggests that the name may also have arisen from places called Durnford in Somerset and Wiltshire. (Great) Durnford in Wiltshire was named in Old English as ‘hidden ford’ (dierne + ford).

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

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Name Distribution of Dunford Families

  • Number of Dunford families
     30 - 57
     11 - 29
     1 - 10
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Dunford families
     173 - 344
     58 - 172
     1 - 57
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Dunford families
     3 - 2
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Dunford Family Origin

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Dunford Immigration Information

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Dunford Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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