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Sifford Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Seiffert . English: habitational name perhaps from Shifford (Oxfordshire) from Old English scē(a)p ‘sheep’ + Old English ford ‘ford’. English: perhaps from the Middle English personal name Siferth (Old English Sigeferth). Compare Siford .

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

Similar surnames: Gifford, Swafford, Shuford, Lipford, Tufford, Kofford, Gafford

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Where is the Sifford family from?

You can see how Sifford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sifford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sifford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Sifford families living in North Carolina. This was about 42% of all the recorded Sifford's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Sifford families in 1840.
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What did your Sifford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sifford. 28% of Sifford men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Sifford women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sifford were Clerk and Maid. .

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farm Hand
  • Housework
  • Maid
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 267 immigration records available for the last name Sifford. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Sifford lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Sifford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Sifford in 1943 was 47, and 72 in 2004.

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