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Radford Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of several places called Radford (Devon Nottinghamshire Oxfordshire Somerset Warwickshire Worcestershire) Raddiford (Devon) Ratford (Sussex Wiltshire) Redford (Angus Fife Midlothian Dorset Sussex) Retford (Nottinghamshire) Rodford (Gloucestershire) or Rudford (Gloucestershire). Most of these placenames appear to derive from Old English rēad ‘red’ + ford ‘ford’ though some are likely to derive from Old English hrēod ‘reed’ + ford (e.g. Rodford and Rudford (Gloucestershire)) and the Oxfordshire placename may derive from Old English rād ‘riding’ + ford probably meaning ‘ford which can be crossed on horseback’. This English name has been established in Ireland (Wexford) since the 16th century.

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

Similar surnames: Bradford, Trafford, Harford, Walford, Sandford, Crawford, Halford

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Where is the Radford family from?

You can see how Radford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Radford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Radford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 24 Radford families living in Kentucky. This was about 17% of all the recorded Radford's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Radford families in 1840.
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What did your Radford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Radford. 19% of Radford men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Radford women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Radford were Farm Laborer and Housewife. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Seamstress
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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What is the average Radford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Radford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Radford in 1940 was 32, and 69 in 2004.

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