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Buff Name Meaning

German: nickname for a violent, aggressive person, from Middle High German buf ‘push’, ‘shove’. German: from the Old German personal name Bodo or the compound name Bodefrit, containing the Old High German element buitan ‘to bid or order’ or boto ‘messenger’. English: of uncertain derivation; possibly a nickname, either variant of Boff 1, or alternatively from Old French buf(f)e ‘blow’, ‘slap in the face’. Compare Buffin.

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


Similar surnames: Puff, Boff, Huff, Muff, Cuff, Raff, Off, Duff, Luff, Buffa

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Where is the Buff family from?

You can see how Buff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Buff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Buff families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Buff families living in North Carolina. This was about 32% of all the recorded Buff's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Buff families in 1840.
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What did your Buff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Buff. 16% of Buff men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Buff women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Buff were Clerk and Spinner.

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    9%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Winder
    7%
  • Spinner
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Buff. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Buff. For the veterans among your Buff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Buff lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Buff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Buff in 1945 was 19, and 81 in 2004.

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