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Harford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places called Harford, in Gloucestershire and Devon. The former is named from Old English heorot ‘hart’ + ford ‘ford’, the latter has as its first element Old English here ‘army’. In some cases it may be an altered form of Hereford. Irish: mainly of English origin, an Anglo-Norman habitational name for someone from Hereford.

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


Similar surnames: Hartford, Hayford, Hanford, Halford, Radford, Walford, Warford

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Where is the Harford family from?

You can see how Harford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 19 Harford families living in New York. This was about 30% of all the recorded Harford's in USA. New York had the highest population of Harford families in 1840.
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What did your Harford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Harford. 22% of Harford men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Harford women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harford were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    19%
  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Housewife
    15%
  • Stenographer
    13%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Harford lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Harford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Harford in 1944 was 51, and 76 in 2004.

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