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Pafford Name Meaning

English (Hampshire): from Parford in Drewsteignton (Devon) which is recorded as Patford(a) in 1086 and Pafford' in 1242 or Pafford in Moretonhampstead (Devon). Parford in Drewsteignton derives from Old English pæth ‘path track’ + ford ‘ford’. Pafford in Moretonhampstead probably has the same etymology but due to a lack of early placename forms this cannot be certain.

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


Similar surnames: Safford, Stafford, Harford, Gifford, Gafford, Walford, Radford

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Where is the Pafford family from?

You can see how Pafford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pafford family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Pafford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Pafford families living in Tennessee. This was about 67% of all the recorded Pafford's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Pafford families in 1840.
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What did your Pafford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pafford. 27% of Pafford men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Pafford women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pafford were Manager and Waitress. .

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farming
    8%
  • Manager
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    27%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Seamstress
    14%
  • Waitress
    14%
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Passenger Lists

There are 386 immigration records available for the last name Pafford. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Pafford. For the veterans among your Pafford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pafford lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Pafford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1985, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Pafford in 1960 was 69, and 71 in 2004.

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