Stafford Family History

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Stafford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places in England so called, which do not all share the same etymology. The county seat of Staffordshire (which is probably the main source of the surname) is named from Old English stæð ‘landing place’ + ford ‘ford’. Examples in Devon seem to have as their first element Old English stan ‘stone’, and one in Sussex is probably named with Old English steor ‘steer’, ‘bullock’.

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

Similar surnames: Stanford, Trafford, Safford, Pafford, Stratford, Swafford, Seaford

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Stafford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Stafford name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Stafford. 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


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Stafford Family Origin

Where is the Stafford family from?

Stafford Family Occupations

What did your Stafford ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Stafford Historical Records

What Stafford family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 319,000 census records available for the last name Stafford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stafford 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 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Stafford. 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 55,000 military records available for the last name Stafford. For the veterans among your Stafford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Stafford Life Expectancy

What is the average Stafford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Stafford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Stafford in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Stafford 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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