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Relf Name Meaning

Southern English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Riulf, composed of the Germanic elements ric ‘power’ + wulf ‘wolf’.

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


Similar surnames: Rolf, Self, Reff, Reiff, Reil, Rega, Reef, Belt, Bel, Reeb

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Where is the Relf family from?

You can see how Relf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Relf family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Relf families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Relf families living in Louisiana. This was about 33% of all the recorded Relf's in the USA. Louisiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Relf families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Relf surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Relf ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Relf. 36% of Relf men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Relf women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Relf were Clerk and Housewife.

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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
    36%
  • Laborer
    33%
  • Carpenter
    12%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    18%
  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Seamstress
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
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Census Records

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Relf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Relf 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Relf. 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 Relf. For the veterans among your Relf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Relf lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Relf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Relf in 1963 was 79, and 74 in 2004.

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