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Grief Name Meaning

English (Norfolk): from an Old Norse personal name Greifi, a byname from Old Norse greifi, Old Danish or Old Swedish grefe ‘count’, ‘earl’. French: nickname from Old French grief ‘sad’. German: variant spelling of Greif 1.

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


Similar surnames: Griff, Grieff, Grice, Grieb, Rief, Grof, Brief, Greif, Grill, Griep

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Where is the Grief family from?

You can see how Grief families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grief family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grief families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Grief families living in Kentucky. This was about 67% of all the recorded Grief's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Grief families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Grief surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Grief ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Grief. 16% of Grief men worked as a Salesman and 24% of Grief women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grief were Clerk 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

  • Salesman
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    24%
  • Bookeeper
    16%
  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Waitress
    16%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Grief. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grief 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 688 immigration records available for the last name Grief. 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 Grief. For the veterans among your Grief ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grief lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Grief life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Grief in 1945 was 25, and 71 in 2004.

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