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Naff Name Meaning

South German and Swiss German (also Näff): variant of Neff. Altered spelling of Knaf, from the Low German form of Knabe ‘boy’, ‘journeyman’.

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


Similar surnames: Neff, Haff, Knaff, Raff, Naef, Paff, Nafe, Koff, Off, Riff

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Where is the Naff family from?

You can see how Naff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Naff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Naff families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Naff families living in Virginia. This was about 39% of all the recorded Naff's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Naff families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Naff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Naff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Naff. 29% of Naff men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Naff women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Naff were Manager and Bookkeeper.

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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
    29%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Manager
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Teacher
    14%
  • Saleslady
    10%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Naff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Naff 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 374 immigration records available for the last name Naff. 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 919 military records available for the last name Naff. For the veterans among your Naff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Naff lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Naff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Naff in 1950 was 46, and 78 in 2004.

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