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Greif Name Meaning

German: habitational name from a house distinguished by the sign of a gryphon, Middle High German grif(e) (Old High German grif(o), from Late Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin). German: nickname for a grasping man, the gryphon in folk etymology having come to be associated with Middle High German grifen ‘to grasp or snatch’. English: variant of Grief.

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


Similar surnames: Greis, Reis, Grein, Reiff, Green, Reil, Gress, Reef, Greve, Gleim

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Greif Family Origin

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Greif Family Occupations

What did your Greif ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Blacksmith and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Greif. A less common occupation for the Greif family was At Home. The most common Greif occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Greif's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Blacksmith

    8%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • At Home

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Greif ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Greif Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Greif. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Greif 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Greif. 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 Greif. For the veterans among your Greif ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Greif Life Expectancy

What is the average Greif lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Greif life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Greif in 1954 was 30, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Greif

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Greif ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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