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Burford Family History

Burford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Oxfordshire and Shropshire, so named with Old English burh ‘stronghold’, ‘fortified manor’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Similar surnames: Fulford, Dunford, Bareford, Binford, Mulford, Bamford, Rumford

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Where is the Burford family from?

You can see how Burford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burford families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 14 Burford families living in Virginia. This was about 26% of all the recorded Burford's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Burford families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Burford surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Burford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Burford. 25% of Burford men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Burford women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burford were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 57,000 census records available for the last name Burford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burford 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Burford. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Burford. For the veterans among your Burford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burford lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Burford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1952. The average life expectancy for Burford in 1948 was 59, and 74 in 2004.

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