Crawford Family History

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Crawford Name Meaning

Scottish, English, and northern Irish: habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Lanarkshire (Scotland) and Dorset and Lancashire (England) called Crawford, named in Old English with crawe ‘crow’ + ford ‘ford’. English: variant of Crowfoot (see Crofoot).

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

Similar surnames: Cranford, Trafford, Radford, Bradford, Crafford, Branford, Alford

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Crawford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Crawford name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Crawford. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Crawford Family Origin

Where is the Crawford family from?

Crawford Family Occupations

What did your Crawford ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Crawford. The most common Crawford occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Crawford's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Crawford family was Fisherman.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Fisherman


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

Crawford Historical Records

What Crawford family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 957,000 census records available for the last name Crawford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Crawford 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 109,000 immigration records available for the last name Crawford. 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 176,000 military records available for the last name Crawford. For the veterans among your Crawford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Crawford Life Expectancy

What is the average Crawford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Crawford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Crawford in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Crawford

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Crawford 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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