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Roof Family History

Roof Name Meaning

English: variant of Rolfe. German: from Ruffo, a short form of a personal name formed with hrod ‘renown’, ‘victory’. Probably an Americanized spelling of German Ruf(f).

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


Similar surnames: Rook, Roos, Roop, Rolf, Hoof, Wolf, Roed, Roff, Roll, Coor

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Where is the Roof family from?

You can see how Roof families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roof family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roof families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Roof families living in Ohio. This was about 29% of all the recorded Roof's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Roof families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Roof surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Roof ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Roof. 21% of Roof men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Roof women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roof were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Census Records

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Roof. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roof 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 Roof. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Roof. For the veterans among your Roof ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roof lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Roof life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Roof in 1945 was 27, and 76 in 2004.

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