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Trafford Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Trafford (Lancashire) Trafford in Chipping Warden (Northamptonshire) and Bridge Mickle and Wimbolds Trafford (Cheshire). The Northamptonshire placename probably derives from Old English træppe ‘trap’ + ford ‘ford’. The Cheshire placenames derive from Old English trōg ‘trough’ + ford. The Lancashire placename is a development of Stretford (Lancashire); most cases of the surname probably derive from this place. Early members of the de Trafford family recorded here from the 13th century were also recorded in medieval documents as de Stratford(e). Both the surname and the placename lost the initial S-. The manor of Trafford was carved out of Stretford township and perhaps because its manor house was located at some distance from Stretford village Trafford was adopted for the new settlement from an early date. See also Stratford .

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

Similar surnames: Stafford, Radford, Crawford, Stratford, Bradford, Safford, Pafford

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Where is the Trafford family from?

You can see how Trafford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Trafford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Trafford families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 259 Trafford families living in Lancashire. This was about 20% of all the recorded Trafford's in United Kingdom. Lancashire and 1 other county had the highest population of Trafford families in 1891.
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What did your Trafford 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 Trafford. 13% of Trafford men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Trafford women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Trafford were Builders Labourer and Housewife. .

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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
  • Private Means
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
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What is the average Trafford lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Trafford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Trafford in 1960 was 63, and 69 in 2004.

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