Dunford Family History

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Dunford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Dunford Bridge, a hamlet near Penistone, West Yorkshire, so called from the river Don (a British name, possibly meaning ‘river’) + Old English ford ‘ford’, or from Dunford House in Methley, West Yorkshire, which is named in Old English as ‘Dunn’s ford’ (see Dunn 2). Reaney suggests that the name may also have arisen from places called Durnford in Somerset and Wiltshire. (Great) Durnford in Wiltshire was named in Old English as ‘hidden ford’ (dierne + ford).

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

Similar surnames: Dunsford, Munford, Lunsford, Winford, Fulford, Binford, Duford

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Dunford Family Origin

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Dunford Family Occupations

What did your Dunford ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dunford occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 9% of Dunford's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Dunford family was Blacksmith. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dunford.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Blacksmith


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Dunford Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Dunford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dunford 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Dunford. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Dunford. For the veterans among your Dunford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dunford Life Expectancy

What is the average Dunford lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Dunford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Dunford in 1949 was 64, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dunford 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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