Radford Family History

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Radford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so named, for example in Devon, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Hereford and Worcester. Most are named from Old English read ‘red’ + ford ‘ford’, but it is possible that in some cases the first element may be a derivative of Old English ridan ‘to ride’, with the meaning ‘ford that can be crossed on horseback’.

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

Similar surnames: Bradford, Trafford, Harford, Walford, Sandford, Crawford, Halford

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Radford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Radford name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Radford. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Radford Family Origin

Where is the Radford family from?

Radford Family Occupations

What did your Radford ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Radford. The most common Radford occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Radford's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Radford family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


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

Radford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 160,000 census records available for the last name Radford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Radford 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Radford. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Radford. For the veterans among your Radford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Radford Life Expectancy

What is the average Radford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Radford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Radford in 1940 was 32, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Radford 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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