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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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Reef Family Origin

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Reef Family Occupations

What did your Reef ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Reef family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reef. The most common Reef occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Reef's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Carpenter

    12%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Blacksmith

    4%

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

Reef Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 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 List

There are 642 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 Card

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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Reef Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Reef

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reef 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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