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Medford Family History

Medford Name Meaning

Apparently an English habitational name from an unidentified place. Possibly it originated in North America, from Medford, MA, which is named as ‘the ford by the meadow’.

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


Similar surnames: Bedford, Ledford, Morford, Manford, Benford, Belford, Mugford, Elford

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Where is the Medford family from?

You can see how Medford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Medford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Medford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Medford families living in North Carolina. This was about 33% of all the recorded Medford's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Medford families in 1840.
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What did your Medford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Medford. 24% of Medford men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Medford women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Medford were Farming and Teacher. .

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farming
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    10%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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

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What is the average Medford lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Medford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Medford in 1943 was 35, and 79 in 2004.

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