Milford Family History

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Milford Name Meaning

English (Devon): habitational name from any of numerous places, for example in Derbyshire, Devon, Hampshire, Norfolk, Staffordshire, and Surrey, named in Old English as ‘mill ford’, from mylen ‘mill’ (see Mill) + ford ‘ford’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maolfhoghmhair ‘descendant of Maolgfhoghmhair’, a personal name meaning ‘chief of harvest’. The Gaelic name was first Anglicized as Mullover, which was later assimilated to Milford.

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

Similar surnames: Mulford, Wilford, Elford, Alford, Winford, Galford, Walford, Fulford

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Milford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Milford name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Milford. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Sweden


  • European Jewish


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Milford Family Origin

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Milford Family Occupations

What did your Milford ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Milford. The most common Milford occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Milford's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Milford family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Milford ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Milford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Milford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Milford census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Milford. 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 Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Milford. For the veterans among your Milford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Milford Life Expectancy

What is the average Milford lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Milford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Milford in 1941 was 62, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Milford ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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