Reif Family History

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Reif Name Meaning

Swiss German, German, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Reiff.

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

Similar surnames: Reis, Reiff, Seif, Greif, Reim, Feig, Wein, Leif, Reff, Reil

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Reif Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Reif name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Reif Family Origin

Where is the Reif family from?

Reif Family Occupations

What did your Reif ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reif. A less common occupation for the Reif family was Carpenter. The most common Reif occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Reif's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Reif Historical Records

What Reif family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Reif. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reif 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Reif. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Reif. For the veterans among your Reif ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Reif Life Expectancy

What is the average Reif lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Reif life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Reif in 1951 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Reif

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reif 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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