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Alford Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of various places called Alford, for example in Somerset and Aberdeenshire. The first is named with the Old English female personal name Ealdg¯{dh} + ford ‘ford’. See also Alvord.

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


Similar surnames: Walford, Halford, Galford, Elford, Axford, Ford, Radford, Holford

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Where is the Alford family from?

You can see how Alford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alford families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 95 Alford families living in Ontario. This was about 54% of all the recorded Alford's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Alford families in 1911.
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What did your Alford ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Alford. 25% of Alford men worked as a Laborer and 42% of Alford women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alford were Clerk and Student.

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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 1921

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Labourer
    13%
  • Clerk
    13%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    42%
  • Teacher
    25%
  • Clerk Clencal
    17%
  • Student
    17%
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Census Records

There are 152,000 census records available for the last name Alford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alford 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Alford. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Alford. For the veterans among your Alford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alford lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Alford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Alford in 1943 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

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