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Milford Surname Meaning

English (mainly Devon): habitational name from any of the many places called Milford deriving from Old English myln ‘mill’ + ford ‘ford’. Irish (Antrim and Galway): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maolfhoghmhair ‘descendant of Maolgfhoghmhair’ a personal name meaning ‘chief of harvest’. The Irish name was first Anglicized as Mullover which was later assimilated to Milford. See also Palmer .

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


Similar surnames: Mulford, Wilford, Elford, Alford, Winford, Galford, Walford, Fulford

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Where is the Milford family from?

You can see how Milford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Milford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Milford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 325 Milford families living in Devon. This was about 37% of all the recorded Milford's in United Kingdom. Devon had the highest population of Milford families in 1891.
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What did your Milford ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Milford. 13% of Milford men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Milford women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Milford were Incapacitated and Domestic Servant. .

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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

  • General Labourer
    13%
  • Railway Clerk
    10%
  • Retired
    8%
  • Incapacitated
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Milford. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Milford. For the veterans among your Milford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Milford lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Milford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Milford in 1941 was 62, and 74 in 2004.

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