Rolf Family History

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Rolf Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Rolf, composed of the Germanic elements hrod ‘renown’ + wulf ‘wolf’. This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form Hrólfr, and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form Rou(l) (see Rollo). North German: from a personal name, a contracted form of Rudolf, cognate with 1.

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

Similar surnames: Nolf, Roll, Wolf, Relf, Roof, Rohlf, Rock, Self, Roed, Kroll

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Rolf Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rolf name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rolf. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Rolf Family Origin

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Rolf Family Occupations

What did your Rolf ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rolf. A less common occupation for the Rolf family was Farm Laborer. The most common Rolf occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Rolf's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Blacksmith

  • Farm Laborer


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Rolf Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Rolf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rolf 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Rolf. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Rolf. For the veterans among your Rolf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rolf Life Expectancy

What is the average Rolf lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rolf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Rolf in 1944 was 26, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rolf 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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