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Schiff Family History

Schiff Name Meaning
German: from Middle High German schif ‘ship’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a sailor, or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a ship.Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or habitational name (see 1 above), from German Schiff ‘ship’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

75,767 Historical Documents with Schiff on Ancestry.com
21,915 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
10,697 Military Records
8,310 Immigration Records
16,425 Census and Voter Lists
18,420 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Schiff Families

  • Number of Schiff families
     127 - 252
     43 - 126
     1 - 42
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Schiff families
     23 - 44
     8 - 22
     1 - 7
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Schiff last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Schiff census records

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Schiff Family Origin

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Schiff Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Schiff

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Schiff Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Schiff census records

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Schiff Civil War Service Records

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