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Galford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Devon so named, from Old English gafol ‘tax’, ‘toll’ + ford ‘ford’. The surname is now not found in England. Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Galfert, from a Germanic personal name based on Old High German galan ‘to sing’, or of Gelfort, Gelfert, or Gelfart(h), from a Germanic personal name composed with Middle High German gelfen ‘to cry’, ‘to boast’ or gelf ‘scorn’.

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


Similar surnames: Walford, Alford, Gafford, Elford, Halford, Milford, Radford, Harford

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Where is the Galford family from?

You can see how Galford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Galford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Galford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Galford families living in Virginia. This was about 75% of all the recorded Galford's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Galford families in 1840.
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What did your Galford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Galford. 31% of Galford men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Galford women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Galford were Operator and Stenographer. .

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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
    31%
  • Laborer
    25%
  • Carpenter
    7%
  • Operator
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
    28%
  • Waitress
    17%
  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 95 immigration records available for the last name Galford. 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 846 military records available for the last name Galford. For the veterans among your Galford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Galford lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Galford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Galford in 1942 was 24, and 68 in 2004.

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