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Ledford Name Meaning

English: habitational name, probably from either of two places called Lydford, in Devon and Somerset. The first is named with the river name Lyd (from Old English hl¯de ‘noisy stream’) + Old English ford, i.e. ‘ford over the Lyd river’. Lydford in Somerset was named ‘ford over the noisy stream’, from Old English hl¯de + ford.

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


Similar surnames: Bedford, Radford, Welford, Elford, Harford, Linford, Medford, Seaford

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Where is the Ledford family from?

You can see how Ledford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ledford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ledford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Ledford families living in North Carolina. This was about 49% of all the recorded Ledford's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Ledford families in 1840.
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What did your Ledford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ledford. 28% of Ledford men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Ledford women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ledford were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farming
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Seamstress
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Spinner
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Ledford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ledford 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ledford. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Ledford. For the veterans among your Ledford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ledford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ledford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Ledford in 1940 was 50, and 73 in 2004.

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