Belford Family History

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Belford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Northumberland named Belford, from Old English belle ‘bell-shaped hill’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

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

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Belford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Belford name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Belford. 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


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Belford Family Origin

Where is the Belford family from?

Belford Family Occupations

What did your Belford ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Belford family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Belford. The most common Belford occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Belford's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Blacksmith


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

Belford Historical Records

What Belford family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Belford Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Belford

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Belford 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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