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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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Where is the Gifford family from?

You can see how Gifford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gifford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gifford families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 251 Gifford families living in Ontario. This was about 72% of all the recorded Gifford's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gifford families in 1911.
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What did your Gifford ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Gifford. 41% of Gifford men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Gifford women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gifford were Agent and Domestic.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Agent

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Domestic
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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 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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There are 25,000 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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What is the average Gifford lifespan?

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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