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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


Similar surnames: Ledford, Belford, Elford, Binford, Bodiford, Medford, Beckford

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Bedford Family Origin

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Bedford Family Occupations

What did your Bedford ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bedford occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Bedford's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Bedford family was Labourer. Coal Miner, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bedford.

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  • Coal Miner

    5%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    4%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Labourer

    2%

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Bedford Historical Records

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Census records can give you a fascinating window into the day-to-day lives of your Bedford ancestors - like hours worked per week, level of education, veteran status, employers, and more.

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Bedford Life Expectancy

What is the average Bedford lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, Bedford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Bedford in 1944 was 21, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bedford ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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