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Dunford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Dunford Bridge, a hamlet near Penistone, West Yorkshire, so called from the river Don (a British name, possibly meaning ‘river’) + Old English ford ‘ford’, or from Dunford House in Methley, West Yorkshire, which is named in Old English as ‘Dunn’s ford’ (see Dunn 2). Reaney suggests that the name may also have arisen from places called Durnford in Somerset and Wiltshire. (Great) Durnford in Wiltshire was named in Old English as ‘hidden ford’ (dierne + ford).

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


Similar surnames: Dunsford, Munford, Lunsford, Winford, Fulford, Binford, Duford

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Where is the Dunford family from?

You can see how Dunford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dunford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dunford families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 13 Dunford families living in Virginia. This was about 52% of all the recorded Dunford's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Dunford families in 1840.
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What did your Dunford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dunford. 21% of Dunford men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Dunford women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dunford were Carpenter and Laborer.

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    14%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Laborer
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Dunford. 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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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Dunford. For the veterans among your Dunford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dunford lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Dunford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Dunford in 1949 was 64, and 77 in 2004.

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