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Blackford Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Blackford for example in Blackford (Somerset) Blackford Farm (Sussex) Blackford Farm in Castle Eaton (Wiltshire) and Blackford House in Tanworth in Arden (Warwickshire) from Old English blæc ‘black dark’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Similar surnames: Blackwood, Blackmore, Blandford, Blatchford, Bickford, Beckford

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Where is the Blackford family from?

You can see how Blackford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Blackford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Blackford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 147 Blackford families living in Sussex. This was about 13% of all the recorded Blackford's in United Kingdom. Sussex had the highest population of Blackford families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Blackford surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Blackford ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmworker and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Blackford. 8% of Blackford men worked as a Farmworker and 71% of Blackford women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Blackford were Iron Moulder 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 1939

  • Farmworker
  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Iron Moulder

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Servant
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Blackford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Blackford 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Blackford. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Blackford. For the veterans among your Blackford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Blackford lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Blackford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Blackford in 1949 was 32, and 75 in 2004.

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