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Hansford Name Meaning

English:: habitational name from Hansford Barton in Ashreigny or from one of two other places called Hansford or Handsford in Chawleigh and Bondleigh (all Devon). The origins of these placenames are uncertain; some may be derived from the surname and it is not clear which early forms belong to which place. The form Hamtoneford recorded in 1205 suggests Old English hām-tūn ‘home farm’ (from hām ‘homestead’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’) + ford ‘ford’ though hām-tūn is very rare in Devon. Another possibility is Old English hēan dative form of hēah ‘high’ + tūn + ford. variant of Hanford with an intrusive -s-.

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


Similar surnames: Hanford, Lansford, Dunsford, Lunsford, Langford, Bassford, Sandford

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You can see how Hansford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hansford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hansford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 14 Hansford families living in Virginia. This was about 32% of all the recorded Hansford's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Hansford families in 1840.
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What did your Hansford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hansford. 17% of Hansford men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Hansford women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hansford were Miner and Cook. .

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Miner
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • New Worker
    7%
  • Cook
    7%
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What is the average Hansford lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Hansford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Hansford in 1944 was 32, and 74 in 2004.

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