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Ratliff Name Meaning

English (Suffolk): habitational name from one or more of the places so named such as Radcliffe (Lancashire) Radcliffe on Trent and Ratcliffe on Soar (both Nottinghamshire) Radclive (Buckinghamshire) Ratcliffe Culey and Ratcliffe on the Wreake (both Leicestershire) Ratclyffe in Clyst Hydon Ratcliffes in Thorverton and Ratcliffes in Broad Clyst (all Devon) Ratcliff in Stepney (Middlesex) and Rackley in Compton Bishop (Somerset). The placenames derive from Old English rēad ‘red’ + clif ‘cliff bank steep slope’ (see also Rutley ). A family of the name Radcliffe trace their descent from Sir Nicholas de Radclyffe. He is said to have been a knight who held the major of Radcliffe in Lancashire and served Roger de Poitou Baron de Marsey in the 11th century.

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

Similar surnames: Ratliffe, Rackliff, Radcliff, Ratcliffe, Setliff, Bayliff, Radcliffe

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You can see how Ratliff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ratliff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ratliff families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 32 Ratliff families living in Kentucky. This was about 19% of all the recorded Ratliff's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Ratliff families in 1840.
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What did your Ratliff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ratliff. 24% of Ratliff men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Ratliff women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ratliff were Farm Laborer and Maid. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Miner
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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What is the average Ratliff lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Ratliff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Ratliff in 1943 was 39, and 71 in 2004.

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