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Ashford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places called Ashford. Those in Essex, Devon, Derbyshire, and Shropshire are named from Old English æsc ‘ash’ + ford ‘ford’. One in Surrey is first recorded in 969 as Ecelesford, probably from a personal name Eccel, a diminutive of Ecca ‘edge (of a sword)’ + ford. The one in Kent is from æscet ‘clump of ash trees’ + ford.

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


Similar surnames: Bassford, Alford, Axford, Ashmore, Ashdown, Shuford, Dunford, Harford

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Where is the Ashford family from?

You can see how Ashford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ashford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ashford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Ashford families living in Tennessee. This was about 16% of all the recorded Ashford's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Ashford families in 1840.
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What did your Ashford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ashford. 25% of Ashford men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Ashford women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ashford were Farming and Housekeeper. .

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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
    25%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Truck Driver
    4%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Ashford. 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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There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Ashford. For the veterans among your Ashford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ashford lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Ashford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Ashford in 1945 was 22, and 70 in 2004.

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