Garfield Family History

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Garfield Name Meaning

English: probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, generally from a field name denoting a triangular area, Old English gara (see Gore) at the corner of an open field after rectangular furlongs had been laid out. Jewish: Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

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

Similar surnames: Barfield, Warfield, Hartfield, Hairfield, Banfield, Padfield

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Garfield Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Garfield name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Garfield Family Origin

Where is the Garfield family from?

Garfield Family Occupations

What did your Garfield ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farm Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Garfield. The most common Garfield occupation in the UK was Farm Labourer. 10% of Garfield's were Farm Labourers. A less common occupation for the Garfield family was Labourer.

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  • Farm Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Labourer


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

Garfield Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Garfield. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Garfield 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Garfield. 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 Garfield. For the veterans among your Garfield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Garfield Life Expectancy

What is the average Garfield lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Garfield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Garfield in 1941 was 45, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Garfield

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Garfield 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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