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Griff Family History

Griff Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone living near a pit or hollow, from Old Norse gryfja ‘pit’, ‘hollow’, or a habitational name from Griff in Warwickshire, Griffe in Derbyshire, or Griff Farm in Rievaulx, North Yorkshire, all probably named with this word. Welsh: short form of Griffith. Possibly also a reduced form of Irish McGriff. German: variant of Greif 1.

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


Similar surnames: Grief, Grof, Griffo, Graff, Cliff, Groff, Grill, Aliff, Rief, Grice

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Where is the Griff family from?

You can see how Griff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Griff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Griff families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Griff families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Griff's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Griff families in 1840.
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What did your Griff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Griff. 28% of Griff men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Griff women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Griff were Salesman and Stenographer.

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    9%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Maid
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Stenographer
    12%
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Griff. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Griff. For the veterans among your Griff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Griff lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Griff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Griff in 1960 was 59, and 84 in 2004.

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