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Reif Family History

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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Where is the Reif family from?

You can see how Reif families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reif family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reif families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Reif families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 57% of all the recorded Reif's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Reif families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reif surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reif ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reif. 16% of Reif men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Reif women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reif were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    15%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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