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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Alt. Meaning

D is for dependable, on you I can rely.

E is for excite, your spirit is catching!

F is for fancy, never just plain you!

O is for old fashioned, you cherish the past.

R is for realist, the way you are.

D is for direct, you get to the point

Notable Persons Named Deford

DeFord Bailey was a country music and blues musician. He plays Harmonica, Guitar, and Banjo. He was most prominent from 1920 to 1941. DeFord was born on December 14th, 1899 in Smith County, Tennessee. He breathed his last breath on July 2nd, 1982.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Deford

Frank Deford is a journalist and novelist. Frank was given the name Benjamin Franklin Deford III on December 16th, 1938 in Baltimore.


Jelly Roll is a hip hop music rapping. He was most prominent from 2005 to present. Jelly was given the name Jason DeFord . Jelly is also known as Jelly Roll, Totem Pole Roll, and Fat Man Jones.


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Popularity of Deford as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Deford U.S.
  White 92.39% 64.26%
  African American 1.93% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.34% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.03% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.05% 16.26%

Of Last Name Deford

People with the last name Deford are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Deford

  • How Popular is the name Deford? As a last name Deford was the 13,153rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Deford first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Deford is Monday, May 13th, 1867.
  • How unique is the name Deford? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Deford. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Deford: Your name in reverse order is Drofed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Orddef. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Deford? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,327 people with the last name Deford.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Deford? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Deford as their last name since less than 1 person in 127k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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