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Stratford Name Meaning

English:: habitational name from any of various places called Stratford for example in Bedfordshire Buckinghamshire Middlesex Northamptonshire Suffolk Warwickshire and Wiltshire from Old English strǣt ‘Roman road’ (see Street ) + ford ‘ford’. habitational name principally from Strafford Sands (now lost) in Mexborough (Yorkshire) presumed to be the ancient meeting-place of Strafforth Wapentake and deriving from the same source as 1 above. habitational name from Strefford (Shropshire) recorded as Stratford in 123 The placename derives from the same source as 1 above. habitational name from either of two places called Stretford (Lancashire Herefordshire) both of which are recorded as Stratford in medieval documents. The placenames derive from the same source as in 1 above.

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


Similar surnames: Trafford, Stanford, Stratton, Stafford, Cranford, Radford, Crawford

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Where is the Stratford family from?

You can see how Stratford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stratford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stratford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Stratford families living in Alabama. This was about 25% of all the recorded Stratford's in USA. Alabama and 2 other states had the highest population of Stratford families in 1840.
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What did your Stratford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Stratford. 16% of Stratford men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Stratford women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stratford were Clerk and Bookkeeper. .

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    20%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Cook
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Stratford. 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 Stratford. For the veterans among your Stratford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stratford lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Stratford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Stratford in 1950 was 46, and 72 in 2004.

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