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Reiff Name Meaning

South German and German: from Middle High German reif ‘(barrel) hoop’, ‘ribbon’, ‘cord’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a cooper or maker of ribbons, or from a house or tavern with the sign of a hoop. German: from the medieval personal name Riff, a short form of the Germanic name Richfrit, composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + frid ‘peace’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or nickname from German reif ‘mature’.

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


Similar surnames: Reff, Reis, Reil, Seif, Rief, Reitz, Reiss, Greif, Teaff, Reef

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Where is the Reiff family from?

You can see how Reiff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reiff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reiff families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 28 Reiff families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 97% of all the recorded Reiff's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Reiff families in 1840.
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What did your Reiff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reiff. 17% of Reiff men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Reiff women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reiff were Manager and Housework.

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Manager
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • New Worker
    7%
  • Housework
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Reiff. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Reiff. For the veterans among your Reiff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reiff lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Reiff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Reiff in 1941 was 49, and 83 in 2004.

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