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Radford Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of several places called Radford (Devon Nottinghamshire Oxfordshire Somerset Warwickshire Worcestershire) Raddiford (Devon) Ratford (Sussex Wiltshire) Redford (Angus Fife Midlothian Dorset Sussex) Retford (Nottinghamshire) Rodford (Gloucestershire) or Rudford (Gloucestershire). Most of these placenames appear to derive from Old English rēad ‘red’ + ford ‘ford’ though some are likely to derive from Old English hrēod ‘reed’ + ford (e.g. Rodford and Rudford (Gloucestershire)) and the Oxfordshire placename may derive from Old English rād ‘riding’ + ford probably meaning ‘ford which can be crossed on horseback’. This English name has been established in Ireland (Wexford) since the 16th century.

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

Similar surnames: Bradford, Trafford, Harford, Walford, Sandford, Crawford, Halford

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Where is the Radford family from?

You can see how Radford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Radford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Radford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 814 Radford families living in Derbyshire. This was about 13% of all the recorded Radford's in United Kingdom. Derbyshire had the highest population of Radford families in 1891.
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What did your Radford 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 Radford. 9% of Radford men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Radford women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Radford were Incapacitated and Incapacitated. .

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Radford. For the veterans among your Radford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Radford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Radford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Radford in 1940 was 32, and 69 in 2004.

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