Buford Family History

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Buford Name Meaning

English: most probably a variant of Beaufort. Possibly an Anglicized spelling of French Buffard, which is from Old French bouffard, a term which meant ‘puffing and blowing’, hence an unflattering nickname for an irascible or self-important man.

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

Similar surnames: Duford, Shuford, Burd, Byford, Bufford, Burford, Bluford, Bumford

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Buford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Buford name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Buford. 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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Buford Family Origin

Where is the Buford family from?

Buford Family Occupations

What did your Buford ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Buford occupation in Canada was Farmer. 100% of Buford's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer


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Buford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Buford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Buford 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Buford. 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 Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Buford. For the veterans among your Buford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Buford Life Expectancy

What is the average Buford lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Buford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Buford in 1941 was 49, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Buford 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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