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Giffin Family History

Giffin Name Meaning

Irish (Ulster and Kildare): shortened form of McGiffin an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Dhuibhfinn ‘son of Duibhfionn’. English (mainly southeastern England): variant of Geffen .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Griffin, Goffin, Diffin, Mcgiffin, Gilpin, Gaffin, Guffin, Duffin

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Where is the Giffin family from?

You can see how Giffin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Giffin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Giffin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 27 Giffin families living in Ohio. This was about 25% of all the recorded Giffin's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Giffin families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Giffin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Giffin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Giffin. 20% of Giffin men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Giffin women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Giffin were Carpenter and Clerk. .

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Giffin. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Giffin. For the veterans among your Giffin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Giffin lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Giffin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Giffin in 1946 was 29, and 78 in 2004.

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