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Scaife Family History

Scaife Name Meaning

English (northern; Yorkshire): nickname from the northern English dialect word scafe ‘crooked awry awkward wild’ (Old Norse skeifr).

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


Similar surnames: Scarff, Scafe, Slape, Smail, Scaff, Cain, Caine, Swaine, Cale, Stile

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Where is the Scaife family from?

You can see how Scaife families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Scaife family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Scaife families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Scaife family living in South Carolina. This was 100% of all the recorded Scaife's in USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Scaife families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Scaife surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Scaife ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Scaife. 35% of Scaife men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Scaife women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Scaife were Salesman and Cook. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    35%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Miner
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Teacher
    14%
  • Cook
    10%
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Census Records

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Scaife. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Scaife census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Scaife. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Scaife. For the veterans among your Scaife ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Scaife lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Scaife life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Scaife in 1952 was 46, and 68 in 2004.

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