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Riffe Family History

Riffe Name Meaning

Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Reiff.

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


Similar surnames: Rife, Riff, Riffey, Riffle, Rike, Rice, Riffel, Taffe, Rine, Rinne

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Where is the Riffe family from?

You can see how Riffe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Riffe family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Riffe families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Riffe families living in Missouri. This was about 29% of all the recorded Riffe's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Riffe families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Riffe surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Riffe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Riffe. 21% of Riffe men worked as a Laborer and 35% of Riffe women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Riffe were Loader 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

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Miner
    8%
  • Loader
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    35%
  • Maid
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Riffe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riffe 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 299 immigration records available for the last name Riffe. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Riffe. For the veterans among your Riffe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Riffe lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Riffe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Riffe in 1944 was 23, and 75 in 2004.

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