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Hartford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Hertford, or from either of two places called Hartford, in Cheshire and Cumbria; all are named with Old English heorot ‘hart’ + ford ‘ford’.

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


Similar surnames: Harford, Hayford, Hanford, Halford, Horsford, Warford, Bareford

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Where is the Hartford family from?

You can see how Hartford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hartford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hartford families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Hartford families living in New Hampshire. This was about 27% of all the recorded Hartford's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Hartford families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hartford surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hartford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hartford. 18% of Hartford men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Hartford women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hartford were Clerk 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
    18%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    13%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Stenographer
    8%
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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Hartford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hartford census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Hartford. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Hartford. For the veterans among your Hartford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hartford lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Hartford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hartford in 1947 was 37, and 71 in 2004.

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