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Branford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Bramford in Suffolk named with Old English brōm ‘broom’ + ford ‘ford’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Bradford, Cranford, Bransford, Radford, Binford, Stanford, Bamford

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Where is the Branford family from?

You can see how Branford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Branford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Branford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Branford families living in Maryland. This was about 43% of all the recorded Branford's in USA. Maryland had the highest population of Branford families in 1840.
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What did your Branford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Branford. 34% of Branford men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Branford women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Branford were Porter and Cook. .

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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
    34%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Carpenter
    6%
  • Porter
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    23%
  • Teacher
    23%
  • Housewife
    17%
  • Cook
    17%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Branford. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Branford. For the veterans among your Branford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Branford lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Branford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1998, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Branford in 1962 was 70, and 81 in 2004.

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