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Stanford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called including Stanford (Bedfordshire Kent) Stanford Dingley and Stanford in the Vale (Berkshire) Stanford le Hope and Stanford Rivers (Essex) Stanford Bishop and Stanford Regis (Herefordshire) Stanford on Avon (Northamptonshire) Stanford on Soar (Nottinghamshire) and Stanford on Teme (Worcestershire); also from Stamford (Lincolnshire Northumberland) Stamford Bridge (East Yorkshire) and Standford in Headley (Hampshire) all of which appear as Stanford in medieval documents. The placenames all derive from Old English stān ‘stone rock’ + ford ‘ford’. This surname has been established in Ireland since the 16th century where it is also found under the variant Stankard.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Stafford, Stratford, Sandford, Hanford, Cranford, Swinford, Branford

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Where is the Stanford family from?

You can see how Stanford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stanford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stanford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 73 Stanford families living in Ontario. This was about 40% of all the recorded Stanford's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Stanford families in 1911.
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What did your Stanford ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Revenuer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Stanford. 22% of Stanford men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Stanford women worked as a Revenuer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stanford were Student and Servant. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Student

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Revenuer
  • Operator
  • Stenographer
  • Servant
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There are 28,000 military records available for the last name Stanford. For the veterans among your Stanford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stanford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Stanford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Stanford in 1940 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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