Rochford Family History

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Rochford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places so called: in Essex and Worcestershire. In both cases the name probably derives from the genitive case of Old English ræcc ‘hunting dog’ (perhaps a byname) + Old English ford ‘ford’, but its development has been influenced by the common French place name composed of the elements roche ‘rock’ + fort ‘strong’ (Latin fortis).

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

Similar surnames: Crockford, Richmond, Beckford, Ashford, Radford, Bickford, Colford

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Rochford Family Origin

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Rochford Family Occupations

What did your Rochford ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Rochford family was Quartz Miner. Farmer, Laborer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rochford. The most common Rochford occupation in the USA was Farmer. 11% of Rochford's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Coal Miner

  • Quartz Miner


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Rochford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Rochford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rochford 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Rochford. 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 Rochford. For the veterans among your Rochford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rochford Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Rochford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Rochford in 1942 was 38, and 78 in 2004.

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