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Fife Name Meaning

Scottish: regional name from the former kingdom of Fife in East Scotland, a name of obscure etymology. Tradition has it that the name is derived from an eponymous Fib, one of the seven sons of Cruithne, legendary founding father of the Picts.

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


Similar surnames: Fitz, Rise, Lile, Fyfe, Fuse, Figg, Pipe, Xie, Tite, Wire

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Where is the Fife family from?

You can see how Fife families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fife family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fife families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 27 Fife families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 21% of all the recorded Fife's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Fife families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fife surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fife ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Fife. 21% of Fife men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Fife women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fife were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Fife. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fife 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Fife. 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 Fife. For the veterans among your Fife ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fife lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fife life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Fife in 1944 was 31, and 70 in 2004.

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