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Holford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named Holford, for example in Somerset, or from Holdforth in Durham, so named from Old English hol ‘hollow’, ‘sunken’, ‘deep’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Similar surnames: Halford, Colford, Holroyd, Horsford, Wolford, Alford, Fulford

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Where is the Holford family from?

You can see how Holford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Holford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Holford families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 6 Holford families living in Illinois. This was about 30% of all the recorded Holford's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Holford families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Holford surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Holford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Holford. 24% of Holford men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Holford women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Holford were Carpenter and Secretary.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Helper
  • Operator
  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Holford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holford 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Holford. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Holford. For the veterans among your Holford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Holford lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Holford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Holford in 1942 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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