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Pafford Name Meaning

from Old French pafard ‘shield’, hence a Norman nickname for a fighting man or metonymic occupational name for an armorer. probably a habitational name from either of two minor places in Devon: Pafford in Moretonhampstead or Parford in Drewsteignton, both named from Old English pæð ‘path’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Similar surnames: Safford, Stafford, Harford, Gifford, Gafford, Walford, Radford

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You can see how Pafford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pafford family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Pafford families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 8 Pafford families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 47% of all the recorded Pafford's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Pafford families in 1911.
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What did your Pafford ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Pafford. .

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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
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Passenger Lists

There are 386 immigration records available for the last name Pafford. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Pafford. For the veterans among your Pafford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pafford lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Pafford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1985, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Pafford in 1960 was 69, and 71 in 2004.

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