The Gafford Family History

This is a site where you can find information about the history of the Gafford family.

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The Gafford Family in the Census

Census Freqency of the Surname Gafford
1841 Census2
1851 Census7
1861 Census29
1871 Census51
1881 Census43
1891 Census186
1901 Census104
1911 Census49

Most Frequent Forenames for the Gafford Family in the Census

Name 1841 Census 1851 Census 1861 Census 1881 Census 1871 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Total
Charles Gafford 0 1 2 2 4 10 3 4
James Gafford 0 1 2 2 2 4 4 4
Henry Gafford 0 1 3 1 2 9 3 1
Thomas Gafford 1 0 3 3 2 7 3 1
Mary Gafford 0 0 1 3 3 8 5 1
Walter Gafford 0 1 2 1 4 3 2 1
William Gafford 0 0 1 0 0 8 7 1
Emily Gafford 0 0 1 1 1 7 1 3
Sarah Gafford 0 0 0 3 0 5 1 0
Elizabeth Gafford 0 0 0 3 3 5 0 0
Jane Gafford 0 0 0 2 1 3 5 2
George Gafford 0 0 0 3 1 5 2 0
John Gafford 0 0 1 1 1 3 4 1
Alice Gafford 0 0 1 1 1 4 2 0
Harry Gafford 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 2
David Gafford 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 2
Percy Gafford 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 3
Herbert Gafford 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 1
Frederick Gafford 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 1
Lydia Gafford 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 1

Your Family History Search

You can use the forms below to do automatic searches for the Gafford family online amongst birth, marriage and death records from 1837, plus census transcripts for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and many more...


Etymology and History of the Surname: Gafford

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