Dreyfus Family History

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Dreyfus Name Meaning

Jewish (western Ashkenazic): habitational name from Trevis, an old name of the city of Trier on the Mosel, known in French as Trèves; both the French and German names come from Latin Augusta Treverorum ‘city of Augustus among the Treveri’, a Celtic tribal name of uncertain origin. The form of the surname has been altered from Trevis by folk etymological association with modern German Dreifuss ‘tripod’. Compare Trier.

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

Similar surnames: Dreyfuss, Dreyer, Drees, Debus, Delfs, Prus, Reus, Redus, Dress

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Dreyfus Family Origin

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Dreyfus Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Dreyfus occupation in the USA was Merchant. 16% of Dreyfus's were Merchants. Merchant, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dreyfus. A less common occupation for the Dreyfus family was Angt. Auction.

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  • Merchant

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Angt. Auction


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Dreyfus Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Dreyfus. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dreyfus census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Dreyfus. 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 Card

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

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Dreyfus Life Expectancy

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Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Dreyfus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dreyfus in 1955 was 72, and 70 in 2004.

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