Reaves Family History

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Reaves Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Reeves.

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

Similar surnames: Reavis, Reves, Leavens, Leaver, Meares, Draves, Neave, Beaven, Reams

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Reaves Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Reaves name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Reaves Family Origin

Where is the Reaves family from?

Reaves Family Occupations

What did your Reaves ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Reaves family was Keeping House. The most common Reaves occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Reaves's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reaves.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Reaves ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Reaves Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 49,000 census records available for the last name Reaves. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reaves 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Reaves. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Reaves. For the veterans among your Reaves ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Reaves Life Expectancy

What is the average Reaves lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Reaves life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Reaves in 1943 was 44, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reaves ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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