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Reff Name Meaning

Dutch: from a reduced form of a Germanic personal name composed of ragin ‘counsel’ + fridu ‘peace’. German: metonymic occupational name for a carrier or peddler, from Middle High German ref(f) ‘pannier’, ‘basket’. German: from a reduced form of a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + fridu ‘peace’.

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


Similar surnames: Reiff, Neff, Raff, Reil, Reef, Rega, Rolf, Relf, Off, Rehm

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Where is the Reff family from?

You can see how Reff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reff families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Reff family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Reff's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Reff families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reff. 28% of Reff men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Reff women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reff were Clerk and Cashier.

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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

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    24%
  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Clerk
    16%
  • Cashier
    16%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Reff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reff 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 566 immigration records available for the last name Reff. 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 Reff. For the veterans among your Reff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reff lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Reff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Reff in 1947 was 29, and 80 in 2004.

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