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Alff Name Meaning

Variant spelling of North German Alf, a reduced form of the personal name Adolf.

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


Similar surnames: Alf, Aliff, Alm, Ahlf, Reff, Puff, Off, Albo, Ales, Huff

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Where is the Alff family from?

You can see how Alff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alff family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Alff families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 11 Alff families living in Iowa. This was about 50% of all the recorded Alff's in USA. Iowa had the highest population of Alff families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Alff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Alff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Alff. 30% of Alff men worked as a Laborer and 45% of Alff women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alff were Mechanic and Saleslady. .

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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
    30%
  • Farmer
    26%
  • Manager
    13%
  • Mechanic
    13%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    45%
  • Housewife
    34%
  • Saleslady
    23%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Alff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alff 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 246 immigration records available for the last name Alff. 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 413 military records available for the last name Alff. For the veterans among your Alff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alff lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2003, in the United States, Alff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Alff in 1957 was 31, and 79 in 2003.

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