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Buford Name Meaning

English: most probably a variant of Beaufort. Possibly an Anglicized spelling of French Buffard, which is from Old French bouffard, a term which meant ‘puffing and blowing’, hence an unflattering nickname for an irascible or self-important man.

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

Similar surnames: Duford, Shuford, Burd, Byford, Bufford, Burford, Bluford, Bumford

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Where is the Buford family from?

You can see how Buford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Buford family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Buford families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Buford families living in Kentucky. This was about 20% of all the recorded Buford's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Buford families in 1840.
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What did your Buford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Buford. 24% of Buford men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Buford women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Buford were Truck Driver and Laundress.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housewife
  • Laundress
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Census Records

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Buford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Buford 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Buford. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Buford. For the veterans among your Buford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Buford lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Buford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Buford in 1941 was 49, and 72 in 2004.

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