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Safford Name Meaning

English:: possibly a habitational name from Seaford (Sussex) from Old English ‘sea’ + ford ‘ford’. Until the 16th century the Ouse river flowed into the sea at this point. habitational name from Salford (Lancashire) Salford (Bedfordshire) or Salfords in Horley (Surrey) from Old English salh ‘willow sallow’ + ford ‘ford river crossing’. habitational name from Salford (Oxfordshire) Abbots Salford and Salford Priors (Warwickshire) or Saltford (Somerset) from Old English salt ‘salt’ + ford ‘ford river crossing’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Seaford, Stafford, Pafford, Shuford, Spofford, Walford, Watford

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You can see how Safford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Safford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Safford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 88 Safford families living in New York. This was about 36% of all the recorded Safford's in USA. New York had the highest population of Safford families in 1840.
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What did your Safford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Safford. 17% of Safford men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Safford women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Safford were Clerk and Housework. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Housework
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Safford. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Safford. For the veterans among your Safford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Safford lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Safford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Safford in 1943 was 36, and 79 in 2004.

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