Riff Family History

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Riff Name Meaning

German: variant of Riewe 2. Americanized spelling of German Reiff. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): unexplained. It is most likely a Hebrew acronymic surname.

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

Similar surnames: Raff, Siff, Rife, Riffe, Ziff, Reiff, Reif, Liff, Ruff, Griff

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Riff Family Origin

Where is the Riff family from?

Riff Family Occupations

What did your Riff ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Riff occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Riff's were Farmers. Farmer, Boot-Shoe Harnes/Maker and Butcher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Riff. A less common occupation for the Riff family was Carpentar.

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  • Farmer

  • Boot-Shoe Harnes/Maker

  • Butcher

  • Carpentar


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

Riff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Riff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riff census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Riff

Passenger List

There are 984 immigration records available for the last name Riff. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Riff. For the veterans among your Riff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Riff Life Expectancy

What is the average Riff lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Riff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Riff in 1960 was 56, and 65 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Riff

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Riff 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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