Ashford Family History

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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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Ashford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ashford name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ashford. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Ashford Family Origin

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Ashford Family Occupations

What did your Ashford ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Ashford occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Ashford's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Ashford family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ashford.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


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Ashford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 90,000 census records available for the last name Ashford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ashford census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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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Draft Card

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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Ashford Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ashford ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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