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Radford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so named, for example in Devon, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Hereford and Worcester. Most are named from Old English read ‘red’ + ford ‘ford’, but it is possible that in some cases the first element may be a derivative of Old English ridan ‘to ride’, with the meaning ‘ford that can be crossed on horseback’.

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


Similar surnames: Bradford, Trafford, Harford, Walford, Sandford, Crawford, Halford

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Where is the Radford family from?

You can see how Radford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Radford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Radford families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 122 Radford families living in Ontario. This was about 39% of all the recorded Radford's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Radford families in 1911.
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What did your Radford ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Radford. 39% of Radford men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Radford women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Radford were Labourer and Farmer.

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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
    39%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Carpenter
    7%
  • Labourer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    25%
  • Domestic
    25%
  • Photographer
    17%
  • Farmer
    17%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Radford. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Radford. For the veterans among your Radford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Radford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Radford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Radford in 1940 was 32, and 69 in 2004.

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