Reiff Family History

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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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Reiff Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Reiff name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Reiff. 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


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Reiff Family Origin

Where is the Reiff family from?

Reiff Family Occupations

What did your Reiff ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Reiff family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reiff. The most common Reiff occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Reiff's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Reiff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Reiff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reiff 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 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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Draft Card

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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Reiff Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reiff 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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