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Belford Family History

Belford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Northumberland and North Yorkshire named Belford from Old English belle ‘bell-shaped hill’ + ford ‘ford’. Scottish: habitational name from Belford in Roxburghshire.

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


Similar surnames: Bedford, Elford, Welford, Telford, Walford, Galford, Beckford

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Where is the Belford family from?

You can see how Belford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Belford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Belford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Belford families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Belford's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Belford families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Belford surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Belford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Belford. 23% of Belford men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Belford women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Belford were Foreman and Bookkeeper. .

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Foreman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    16%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    9%
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Census Records

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Belford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Belford census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Belford. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Belford. For the veterans among your Belford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Belford lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Belford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Belford in 1943 was 31, and 66 in 2004.

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