Watford Family History

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Watford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Watford in Hertfordshire or from the much smaller place in Northamptonshire, both named with Old English wað ‘hunt’ + 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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Watford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Watford name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Watford Family Origin

Where is the Watford family from?

Watford Family Occupations

What did your Watford ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Farming and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Watford. A less common occupation for the Watford family was Keeping House. The most common Watford occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Watford's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Watford Historical Records

What Watford family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Watford Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Watford 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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