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Gifford Family History

Gifford Name Meaning
habitational name for someone from Giffords Hall in Suffolk. It was originally named in Old English as Gyddingford ‘ford associated with Gydda’. Compare Giddens.possibly in some cases a variant spelling of Giffard, which may derive from an Old German personal name, Gifard, or from a Middle English nickname from Old French giffard ‘chubby-cheeked’, ‘bloated’ (a pejorative of giffel ‘jaw’, ‘cheek’, of Germanic origin).

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

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Name Distribution of Gifford Families

  • Number of Gifford families
     281 - 560
     94 - 280
     1 - 93
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Gifford families
     187 - 371
     63 - 186
     1 - 62
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Gifford families
     70 - 138
     24 - 69
     1 - 23
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Gifford Family Origin

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Gifford Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Gifford

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Gifford Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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