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Calif Family History

Calif Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Cali, Calix, Calia, Califf, Calef, Cai, Carlin, Malik, Cain, Caleb

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Where is the Calif family from?

You can see how Calif families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Calif family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Calif families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Calif families living in Massachusetts. This was about 83% of all the recorded Calif's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Calif families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Calif surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Calif ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Calif. 34% of Calif men worked as a Farmer. .

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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

  • Farmer
    34%
  • Operator
    25%
  • Laborer
    25%
  • Janitor
    17%
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What Calif family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 957 census records available for the last name Calif. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Calif 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 146 immigration records available for the last name Calif. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Calif. For the veterans among your Calif ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Calif lifespan?

Between 1968 and 2004, in the United States, Calif life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2001, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Calif in 1968 was 65, and 90 in 2004.

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