Reeves Family History

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Reeves Name Meaning

patronymic from Reeve. topographic name for someone who lived on the margin of a wood, from a misdivision of the Middle English phrase atter eves ‘at the edge’ (Old English æt þære efese).

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

Similar surnames: Reeve, Greaves, Reeder, Reever, Seever, Neaves, Reese, Nieves, Rieves

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Reeves Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Reeves name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Reeves Family Origin

Where is the Reeves family from?

Reeves Family Occupations

What did your Reeves ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reeves. A less common occupation for the Reeves family was Farming. The most common Reeves occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Reeves's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Reeves Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 559,000 census records available for the last name Reeves. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reeves 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 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Reeves. 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 85,000 military records available for the last name Reeves. For the veterans among your Reeves ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Reeves Life Expectancy

What is the average Reeves lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Reeves life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Reeves in 1941 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Reeves

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reeves 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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