Gifford Family History

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Gifford Name Meaning

habitational name for someone from Giffords Hall in Suffolk. It was originally named in Old English as Gyddingford ‘ford associated with Gydda’. Compare Giddens. possibly in some cases a variant spelling of Giffard, which may derive from an Old German personal name, Gifard, or from a Middle English nickname from Old French giffard ‘chubby-cheeked’, ‘bloated’ (a pejorative of giffel ‘jaw’, ‘cheek’, of Germanic origin).

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

Similar surnames: Gafford, Galford, Sifford, Ufford, Pafford, Binford, Winford, Lipford

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Gifford Family Origin

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Gifford Family Occupations

What did your Gifford ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Gifford occupation in Canada was Farmer. 39% of Gifford's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gifford family was Scool. Farmer, Labourer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gifford.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Laborer

  • Scool


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Gifford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Gifford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gifford 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Gifford. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Gifford. For the veterans among your Gifford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gifford Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Gifford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gifford in 1942 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

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