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Walford Name Meaning

English:: habitational name from one or more of several places so named such as Walford (Herefordshire) Walford in Leintwardine (also Herefordshire) Walford in Baschurch (Shropshire) and possibly Walford Hall in Hampton in Arden (Warwickshire) though this last may be a manorial placename deriving from the surname. The Herefordshire placenames probably derive from Old English walh ‘foreigner Welshman’ (genitive plural wala) + ford ‘ford’. The Shropshire placename derives from Old English wella ‘well spring stream’ + ford. If it does not derive from the surname the Warwickshire placename probably has the same etymology as the Herefordshire placenames. perhaps occasionally a habitational name from Walford in Wimborne Minster (Dorset). The placename probably derives from Old English walt ‘unsteady’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Similar surnames: Welford, Alford, Halford, Wilford, Galford, Watford, Wolford, Warford

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You can see how Walford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Walford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Walford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 81 Walford families living in Ontario. This was about 63% of all the recorded Walford's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Walford families in 1911.
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What did your Walford ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Walford. 22% of Walford men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Walford women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Walford were Machinist and Housewife. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Bookkeeper
  • Housewife
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What is the average Walford lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Walford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Walford in 1947 was 39, and 71 in 2004.

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