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Spafford Name Meaning

English (Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire):: habitational name usually from Spalford (Nottinghamshire). The placename may derive from Old English Spaldas the name of an Anglian tribe who settled chiefly in the fen-lands of Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire or from spald ‘ditch trench’ + ford ‘ford’. variant of Spofforth a habitational name from Spofforth (Yorkshire) probably from Old English spot ‘small piece plot of land’ + ford ‘ford’.

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


Similar surnames: Spofford, Safford, Swafford, Stafford, Pafford, Clifford, Seaford

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Where is the Spafford family from?

You can see how Spafford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Spafford family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Spafford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 30 Spafford families living in New York. This was about 31% of all the recorded Spafford's in USA. New York had the highest population of Spafford families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Spafford surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Spafford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Spafford. 16% of Spafford men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Spafford women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Spafford were Salesman and Stenographer. .

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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

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Machinist
    9%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Teacher
    16%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Spafford. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Spafford. For the veterans among your Spafford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Spafford lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Spafford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Spafford in 1944 was 34, and 79 in 2004.

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