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

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Greif Family Origin

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Greif Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Blacksmith

    8%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • At Home

    4%

In 1880, 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. Farmer, Blacksmith and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Greif.

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Greif Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1954 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Greif

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