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Sanford Family History

Sanford Name Meaning

English: variant of Sandford.

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


Similar surnames: Samford, Sandford, Banford, Gafford, Safford, Hanford, Lanford

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Where is the Sanford family from?

You can see how Sanford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sanford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sanford families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 507 Sanford families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 63% of all the recorded Sanford's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Sanford families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sanford surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sanford ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Sanford. 58% of Sanford men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Sanford women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sanford were Carpenter and Income.

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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
    58%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    19%
  • Teacher
    17%
  • Nurse
    11%
  • Income
    11%
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Census Records

There are 201,000 census records available for the last name Sanford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sanford 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Sanford. 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 44,000 military records available for the last name Sanford. For the veterans among your Sanford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sanford lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Sanford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sanford in 1942 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

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