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Reef Name Meaning

North German: of disputed origin; either a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of rope, from Middle Low German reep ‘rope’, or alternatively, a nickname for a feeble or very thin person, from Middle Low German ref, rif ‘body’, ‘skeleton’.

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


Similar surnames: Reff, Reeh, Reep, Remer, Helf, Reder, Greif, Brief, Reek, Rey

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Where is the Reef family from?

You can see how Reef families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reef family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reef families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Reef families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Reef's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Reef families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reef surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reef ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reef. 39% of Reef men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Reef women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reef were Mechanic 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
    39%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Mechanic
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Teacher
    15%
  • Cook
    15%
  • Maid
    10%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Reef. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reef 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 739 immigration records available for the last name Reef. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Reef. For the veterans among your Reef ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reef lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Reef life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Reef in 1944 was 23, and 87 in 2004.

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