Clifford Family History

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Clifford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Clifford, for example in Devon, Gloucestershire, West Yorkshire, and in particular Herefordshire. The place name is derived from Old English clif ‘slope’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Similar surnames: Alford, Lipford, Stafford, Crawford, Milford, Linford, Gifford

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Clifford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Clifford name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Clifford Family Origin

Where is the Clifford family from?

Clifford Family Occupations

What did your Clifford ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Clifford occupation in the USA was Farmer. 22% of Clifford's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clifford. A less common occupation for the Clifford family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Clifford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 292,000 census records available for the last name Clifford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clifford 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 45,000 immigration records available for the last name Clifford. 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 41,000 military records available for the last name Clifford. For the veterans among your Clifford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Clifford Life Expectancy

What is the average Clifford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Clifford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Clifford in 1940 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Clifford 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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