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Rawford Family History

Rawford Surname Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Radford, Crawford, Rayford, Raiford, Trafford, Galford, Walford

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Where is the Rawford family from?

You can see how Rawford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rawford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Rawford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 7 Rawford families living in Lancashire. This was about 50% of all the recorded Rawford's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Rawford families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rawford surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rawford ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Rawford. 100% of Rawford women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    100%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Rawford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rawford 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 101 immigration records available for the last name Rawford. 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 300 military records available for the last name Rawford. For the veterans among your Rawford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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