Bradford Family History

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Bradford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places, large and small, called Bradford; in particular the city in West Yorkshire, which originally rose to prosperity as a wool town. There are others in Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Greater Manchester, Norfolk, Somerset, and elsewhere. They are all named with Old English brad ‘broad’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Similar surnames: Radford, Branford, Trafford, Crawford, Blandford, Cranford, Bamford

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Bradford Family Origin

Where is the Bradford family from?

Bradford Family Occupations

What did your Bradford ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bradford occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Bradford's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Bradford family was Farmer. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bradford.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bradford ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bradford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 343,000 census records available for the last name Bradford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bradford census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Bradford. 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 Card

There are 60,000 military records available for the last name Bradford. For the veterans among your Bradford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bradford Life Expectancy

What is the average Bradford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bradford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bradford in 1940 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bradford

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bradford 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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