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Stafford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places in England so called, which do not all share the same etymology. The county seat of Staffordshire (which is probably the main source of the surname) is named from Old English stæð ‘landing place’ + ford ‘ford’. Examples in Devon seem to have as their first element Old English stan ‘stone’, and one in Sussex is probably named with Old English steor ‘steer’, ‘bullock’.

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


Similar surnames: Stanford, Trafford, Safford, Pafford, Stratford, Swafford, Seaford

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Where is the Stafford family from?

You can see how Stafford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stafford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stafford families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 431 Stafford families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Stafford's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Stafford families in 1911.
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What did your Stafford ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Stafford. 42% of Stafford men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Stafford women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stafford were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
    42%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk
    19%
  • Income
    9%
  • Servant
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Census Records

There are 319,000 census records available for the last name Stafford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stafford 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 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Stafford. 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 55,000 military records available for the last name Stafford. For the veterans among your Stafford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stafford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Stafford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Stafford in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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