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Swofford Family History

Swofford Name Meaning

English: variant of Swafford.

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

Similar surnames: Wofford, Spofford, Hofford, Wafford, Swafford, Woolford, Gafford

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Where is the Swofford family from?

You can see how Swofford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Swofford family name was found in the USA between 1840 and 1920. The most Swofford families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 27 Swofford families living in Tennessee. This was about 57% of all the recorded Swofford's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Swofford families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Swofford surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Swofford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Swofford. 27% of Swofford men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Swofford women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Swofford were Salesman and Cook.

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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
  • Farming
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housework
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Swofford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Swofford census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 296 immigration records available for the last name Swofford. 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 Swofford. For the veterans among your Swofford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Swofford lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Swofford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Swofford in 1955 was 41, and 78 in 2004.

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