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Gaff Family History

Gaff Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for someone who made or used iron hooks or crooks, Old French, Middle English gaffe. German: from a derivative of the stem geb- (see Gaffke).

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


Similar surnames: Graff, Raff, Gage, Gadd, Boff, Huff, Goff, Gast, Game, Haff

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Where is the Gaff family from?

You can see how Gaff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gaff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gaff families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Gaff families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 33% of all the recorded Gaff's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gaff families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gaff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gaff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gaff. 25% of Gaff men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Gaff women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gaff were Carpenter and Waitress.

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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
    25%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Waitress
    9%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Gaff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gaff 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gaff. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Gaff. For the veterans among your Gaff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gaff lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Gaff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Gaff in 1956 was 57, and 69 in 2004.

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