Rayford Family History

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Rayford Name Meaning

English (also Wrayford): topographic name for someone who lived by a ford on the Wray river. Probably an Americanized spelling of German Reifarth, Raifarth, or Reifert, from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + frid- ‘peace’.

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


Similar surnames: Galford, Rexford, Byford, Radford, Gafford, Hayford, Harford, Pafford

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Rayford Family Origin

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Rayford Family Occupations

What did your Rayford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rayford. 31% of Rayford men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Rayford women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rayford were Farming and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    31%
  • Farmer
    31%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    18%
  • Cook
    17%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Rayford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Rayford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rayford 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 212 immigration records available for the last name Rayford. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Rayford. For the veterans among your Rayford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rayford Life Expectancy

What is the average Rayford lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Rayford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Rayford in 1949 was 29, and 64 in 2004.

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