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Bradford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places large and small called Bradford; in particular the city in Yorkshire which originally rose to prosperity as a wool town. There are others in Derbyshire Devon Dorset Greater Manchester Norfolk Somerset Cheshire Wiltshire and elsewhere. They are all named with Old English brād ‘broad’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Similar surnames: Radford, Branford, Trafford, Crawford, Blandford, Cranford, Bamford

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Where is the Bradford family from?

You can see how Bradford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bradford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bradford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,141 Bradford families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Bradford's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Bradford families in 1891.
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What did your Bradford 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 Bradford. 9% of Bradford men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Bradford women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bradford were Gardener 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
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Servant
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Census Records

There are 343,000 census records available for the last name Bradford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bradford census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Bradford. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 60,000 military records available for the last name Bradford. For the veterans among your Bradford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bradford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bradford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bradford in 1940 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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