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Stafford Family History

Stafford Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of the various places in England so called, which do not all share the same etymology. The county seat of Staffordshire (which is probably the main source of the surname) is named from Old English stæð ‘landing place’ + ford ‘ford’. Examples in Devon seem to have as their first element Old English stan ‘stone’, and one in Sussex is probably named with Old English steor ‘steer’, ‘bullock’.

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

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53,115 Military Records
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Name Distribution of Stafford Families

  • Number of Stafford families
     297 - 592
     100 - 296
     1 - 99
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Stafford families
     609 - 1,216
     204 - 608
     1 - 203
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Stafford families
     54 - 106
     19 - 53
     1 - 18
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Stafford Family Origin

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Stafford Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Stafford

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Stafford Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Stafford Civil War Service Records

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