Bedford Family History

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Bedford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the county seat of Bedfordshire, or a smaller place of the same name in Lancashire. Both are named with the Old English personal name Beda + Old English ford ‘ford’. The name is now very common in Yorkshire as well as Bedfordshire.

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

Similar surnames: Ledford, Belford, Elford, Binford, Bodiford, Medford, Beckford

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Bedford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bedford name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Bedford Family Origin

Where is the Bedford family from?

Bedford Family Occupations

What did your Bedford ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bedford. A less common occupation for the Bedford family was Farm Laborer. The most common Bedford occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Bedford's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bedford ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bedford Historical Records

What Bedford family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 226,000 census records available for the last name Bedford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bedford 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Bedford. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Bedford. For the veterans among your Bedford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bedford Life Expectancy

What is the average Bedford lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bedford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Bedford in 1944 was 21, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bedford

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bedford 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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