Telford Family History

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Telford Name Meaning

Scottish and English (Northumbria): not, as its form would imply, a habitational name, even though there is a place in Shropshire so called, but a variant of Telfer, assimilated to the pattern of habitational names in -ford. The Shropshire place is a new town, named after the celebrated Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford (1757–1834).

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

Similar surnames: Elford, Belford, Welford, Tedford, Tilford, Walford, Galford, Talford

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Telford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Telford name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Telford. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Sweden


  • Norway


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Telford Family Origin

Where is the Telford family from?

Telford Family Occupations

What did your Telford ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Telford family was Works On Farm. Farmer, Keeping House and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Telford. The most common Telford occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Telford's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer

  • Works On Farm


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Telford ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Telford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Telford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Telford census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Telford. 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 Card

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

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Telford Life Expectancy

What is the average Telford lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Telford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Telford in 1947 was 30, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Telford

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Telford ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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