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Watford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Watford in Hertfordshire or from the much smaller place so called in Northamptonshire. Both placenames may derive from Old English wāth ‘hunting’ or (ge)wæd ‘place for wading’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Similar surnames: Walford, Warford, Whitford, Hayford, Welford, Galford, Wadford

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Where is the Watford family from?

You can see how Watford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Watford family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Watford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 10 Watford families living in Alabama. This was about 59% of all the recorded Watford's in USA. Alabama had the highest population of Watford families in 1840.
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What did your Watford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Watford. 35% of Watford men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Watford women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Watford were Farm Laborer and Housework. .

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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
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Farming
  • Maid
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Watford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Watford 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 628 immigration records available for the last name Watford. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Watford. For the veterans among your Watford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Watford lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Watford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Watford in 1950 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

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