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Welford Name Meaning

English:: habitational name from any of the places called Welford of which there are instances in Berkshire Gloucestershire Northamptonshire and elsewhere. The first is named from Old English welig ‘willow’ + ford ‘ford’; the latter two seem to have the first element well(a) ‘spring stream’ + ford. in north eastern England it is an altered form of Middle English wel (y)fed ‘well fed’ via intermediate forms such as Welfett Welfit and Welfoot.

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


Similar surnames: Walford, Wilford, Belford, Elford, Ledford, Winford, Wolford, Colford

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Where is the Welford family from?

You can see how Welford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Welford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Welford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Welford families living in Georgia. This was about 67% of all the recorded Welford's in USA. Georgia had the highest population of Welford families in 1840.
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What did your Welford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Welford. 20% of Welford men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Welford women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Welford were Truck Driver and Secretary. .

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Labor
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Seamstress
    27%
  • Waitress
    20%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Secretary
    14%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Welford. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Welford. For the veterans among your Welford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Welford lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Welford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Welford in 1959 was 54, and 81 in 2004.

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