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Gafford Name Meaning

English (southeastern): assimilated form of Gatford a name of various origins. In Sussex and Surrey it is perhaps a variant of the habitational name Catford from a place so called in Somerset. Gatford is also from the habitational names Gateford (in Worksop Nottinghamshire) or Gateforth (near Selby Yorkshire) both formed with Old English gāt ‘goat’ + ford ‘ford’ influenced by Old Norse geit ‘goat’. Probably also an altered form of German Gaffert: habitational name from Gaffert near Köslin Brandenburg or from a personal name formed with Middle High German gate ‘fellow companion’. The surname Gaffert is very rare in Germany. English: perhaps an altered form of Gatewood an occupational name for a ‘goatherd’ (Middle English gate-werde Old English gātweard) or for a ‘gate keeper’ (Middle English gateward Old English ʒeatweard dialect gātward).

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

Similar surnames: Galford, Gifford, Pafford, Wafford, Safford, Rayford, Kofford, Ufford

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You can see how Gafford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gafford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gafford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Gafford families living in Alabama. This was about 21% of all the recorded Gafford's in USA. Alabama and 1 other state had the highest population of Gafford families in 1840.
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What did your Gafford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gafford. 33% of Gafford men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Gafford women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gafford were Farm Laborer and Saleslady. .

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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
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Waitress
  • Saleslady
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Passenger Lists

There are 550 immigration records available for the last name Gafford. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gafford. For the veterans among your Gafford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gafford lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Gafford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gafford in 1945 was 39, and 83 in 2004.

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