Telford name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Telford

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Tel"ford
Designating, or pert. to, a road pavement having a surface of small stone rolled hard and smooth, distinguished from macadam road by its firm foundation of large stones with fragments of stone wedged tightly, in the interstices; as, telford pavement, road, etc.

Etymology: After Thomas Telford, a Scotch road engineer


Named after Thomas Telford, a famous civil engineer.

  1. A new town in Telford and Wrekin borough and the ceremonial county of Shropshire, England.
  2. (attributive) A road pavement having a surface of small stone rolled hard and smooth, distinguished from macadam road by its firm foundation of large stones with fragments of stone wedged tightly in the interstices.
    a road
  3. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Telford

Notable Persons Named Telford

Telford Taylor

Telford Taylor is a lawyer. His military service ended in 1949.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Telford

Notable Persons With the Last Name Telford

Thomas Telford

Thomas Telford was an engineer. Thomas was born on August 9th, 1757 in Glendinning, Westerkirk, Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He breathed his last breath on September 2nd, 1834.

Filip Telford

Filip Telford is a medic, former member of sambel, former member of true ira, gun runner, mechanic, former medic for the british army, president of sons of anarchy motorcycle club, real irish republican army, arms trafficking, and british army.

Zoe Telford

Zoe Telford is an actress and actor. Zoe was born in 1973 in Norwich.

Katie Telford

Katie Telford is a 15th Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.

Dom Telford

Dom Telford is a soccer player for the Stoke City F.C. and Blackpool F.C. Dom was born on December 5th, 1996 in Burnley.

Carly Telford

Carly Telford is a soccer player for the Notts County Ladies F.C., Sunderland A.F.C. Ladies, Leeds Ladies F.C., Chelsea L.F.C., Perth Glory FC (W-League), and England women's national football team. Carly was born on July 7th, 1987 in Jesmond.

  • Anthony Telford
    Baseball Player
  • Robert Taylor Telford
    Police Officer
  • William Pattison Telford

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Telford U.S.
  White 77.68% 64.26%
  African American 17.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.37% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.68% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.56% 16.26%

Of Last Name Telford

People with the last name Telford are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Telford

  • How Popular is the name Telford? Telford is the 20,806th most popular name of all time. As a last name Telford was the 9,861st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Telford have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 348 babies born with the first name Telford in the United States. That's more than enough people named Telford to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Telford? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1903 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Telford first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Telford is Friday, June 26th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Telford born? The highest recorded use of the first name Telford was in 1937 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Random Telford Factoid: According to the 1933 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Telford is not a popular baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name in 1933.
  • Weird things about the name Telford: The name spelled backwards is Droflet. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Lrfoedt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Telford? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,280 people with the last name Telford.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Telford? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Telford as their last name.
  • Telford name meaning

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