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Samford Name Meaning

English: variant of Sandford, probably relating specifically to various minor places in Devon and Somerset, for example Sampford Arundel in Somerset or Sampford Courtenay in Devon.

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

Similar surnames: Bamford, Sanford, Sandford, Stafford, Radford, Alford, Pafford

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Where is the Samford family from?

You can see how Samford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Samford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Samford families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 13 Samford families living in Ontario. This was about 24% of all the recorded Samford's in Canada. Ontario and 1 other province had the highest population of Samford families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Samford surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Samford ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Samford. 26% of Samford men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Samford women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Samford were Salesman and Maid.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Waitress
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Samford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Samford census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 701 immigration records available for the last name Samford. 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 Samford. For the veterans among your Samford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Samford lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Samford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Samford in 1943 was 38, and 76 in 2004.

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