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Cliff Family History

Cliff Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place named with Old English clif ‘slope’, ‘bank’, ‘cliff’, or a topographic name from the same word. The Old English word was used not only in the sense of modern English cliff but also of much gentler slopes and frequently also of a riverbank.

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


Similar surnames: Aliff, Clive, Oliff, Iliff, Clift, Clint, Griff, Califf, Cuff, Elliff

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Where is the Cliff family from?

You can see how Cliff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cliff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cliff families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Cliff families living in New York. This was about 45% of all the recorded Cliff's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Cliff families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cliff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cliff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cliff. 18% of Cliff men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Cliff women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cliff were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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
    18%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Cliff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cliff 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Cliff. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Cliff. For the veterans among your Cliff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cliff lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Cliff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Cliff in 1954 was 26, and 73 in 2004.

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