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Stafford Name Meaning

English: habitational name principally from Stafford (Staffordshire) but occasionally from other places with similar names such as Stafford House in Ifield (Sussex) possibly East and West Stowford in East Down (Devon) and three minor places in Devon called Stafford in Dolton Broadhembury and Colyton parishes. The places are all named with Old English ford ‘ford’ as the final element but have different initial elements. The Staffordshire placename has Old English stæth ‘river bank shore’; Stafford in Colyton (Devon) has Old English stān ‘stone rock’; the Sussex placename has Old English stēor ‘steer bullock’; East and West Stowford (Devon) have Old English stæf ‘staff stave rod’; Stafford in Dolton and Stafford in Broadhembury (Devon) may have Old English stæth stān or stæf. Irish (Wexford): variant of Stocker .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Stanford, Trafford, Safford, Pafford, Stratford, Swafford, Seaford

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Where is the Stafford family from?

You can see how Stafford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stafford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stafford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 131 Stafford families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Stafford's in USA. New York had the highest population of Stafford families in 1840.
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What did your Stafford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Stafford. 17% of Stafford men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Stafford women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stafford were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Stafford. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 55,000 military records available for the last name Stafford. For the veterans among your Stafford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stafford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Stafford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Stafford in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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