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Puff Family History

Puff Name Meaning

nickname for a violent, aggressive person, from buff ‘push’, ‘shove’. from a pet form of a personal name, Bodefrit, composed with Old High German biutan ‘to bid or order’ or boto ‘messenger’. possibly an altered spelling of Pfaff.

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


Similar surnames: Buff, Pluff, Huff, Muff, Luff, Murff, Boff, Off, Reff, Cuff

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Where is the Puff family from?

You can see how Puff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Puff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Puff families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Puff families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Puff's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Puff families in 1840.
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What did your Puff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Puff. 17% of Puff men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Puff women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Puff were Clerk and Saleswoman.

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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

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Carpenter
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    18%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Saleswoman
    14%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Puff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Puff 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 646 immigration records available for the last name Puff. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Puff. For the veterans among your Puff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Puff lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Puff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Puff in 1957 was 64, and 75 in 2004.

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