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Trafford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Trafford (Lancashire) Trafford in Chipping Warden (Northamptonshire) and Bridge Mickle and Wimbolds Trafford (Cheshire). The Northamptonshire placename probably derives from Old English træppe ‘trap’ + ford ‘ford’. The Cheshire placenames derive from Old English trōg ‘trough’ + ford. The Lancashire placename is a development of Stretford (Lancashire); most cases of the surname probably derive from this place. Early members of the de Trafford family recorded here from the 13th century were also recorded in medieval documents as de Stratford(e). Both the surname and the placename lost the initial S-. The manor of Trafford was carved out of Stretford township and perhaps because its manor house was located at some distance from Stretford village Trafford was adopted for the new settlement from an early date. See also Stratford .

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


Similar surnames: Stafford, Radford, Crawford, Stratford, Bradford, Safford, Pafford

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You can see how Trafford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Trafford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Trafford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Trafford families living in Indiana. This was about 25% of all the recorded Trafford's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Trafford families in 1840.
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What did your Trafford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Trafford. 18% of Trafford men worked as a Salesman and 20% of Trafford women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Trafford were Laborer 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

  • Salesman
    18%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    10%
  • Laborer
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Cook
    16%
  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Housewife
    12%
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What is the average Trafford lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Trafford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Trafford in 1960 was 63, and 69 in 2004.

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