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Toft Name Meaning

English (Lancashire Cheshire and Staffordshire): habitational name from any of various places for example in Cambridgeshire Lincolnshire Norfolk and Warwickshire named with Middle English toft(e) (Old Norse topt Old Danish toft) denoting a plot of land on which a house stands or formerly stood. The surname may also be topographic for someone who lived by or on a toft. Scandinavian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads or placenames derived from Old Norse topt ‘curtilage site homestead’.

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


Similar surnames: Tuft, Taft, Tong, Loft, Ott, Torr, Mort, Torp, Boff, Moot

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Where is the Toft family from?

You can see how Toft families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Toft family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Toft families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Toft families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Toft's in USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Toft families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Toft surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Toft ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Toft. 31% of Toft men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Toft women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Toft were Carpenter and Housewife. .

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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
    31%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    16%
  • Waitress
    10%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Toft. 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 Toft. For the veterans among your Toft ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Toft lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Toft life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Toft in 1953 was 48, and 79 in 2004.

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