Neff Family History

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Neff Name Meaning

German and Swiss German: from Middle High German neve ‘nephew’ (later rather broader in application, rather like cousin in English), hence probably a distinguishing name for a close relation or familiar of a prominent personage. Dutch: variant of Neve, cognate with 1. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Neffe ‘nephew’. Reduced form of Irish McNeff (see McNiff).

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

Similar surnames: Reff, Ney, Neef, Naff, Reiff, Neve, Netz, Off, Neal, Reif

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Neff Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Neff. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Neff Family Origin

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Neff Family Occupations

What did your Neff ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Neff occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Neff's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Neff family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Neff.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Neff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 114,000 census records available for the last name Neff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Neff 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Neff. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Neff. For the veterans among your Neff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Neff Life Expectancy

What is the average Neff lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Neff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Neff in 1940 was 56, and 78 in 2004.

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