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Bedford Family History

Bedford Name Meaning
English: habitational name from the county seat of Bedfordshire, or a smaller place of the same name in Lancashire. Both are named with the Old English personal name Beda + Old English ford ‘ford’. The name is now very common in Yorkshire as well as Bedfordshire.

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

871,726 Historical Documents with Bedford on Ancestry.co.uk
267,460 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
18,689 Military Records
15,384 Immigration Records
188,508 Census and Voter Lists
381,685 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Bedford Families

  • Number of Bedford families
     1,285 - 2,568
     429 - 1,284
     1 - 428
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Bedford families
     13 - 23
     5 - 12
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Bedford census records

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Bedford Family Origin

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Bedford Emigration Information (US)

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Bedford Emigration Information (AU)

from the Australian Convict Transportation Registers 1787-1868

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Bedford Family Occupations

from 1881 UK Census Data

Bedford census records

Census records can offer a lot of little known facts about your Bedford ancestors, such as occupation.

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Military Service by Bedford

Did the Bedfords fight in a war? Military records can tell you a lot about your ancestors including birthplace, occupation and even physical descriptions.

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