Scheff Family History

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Scheff Name Meaning

North German: descriptive nickname for someone with a physical deformity, from Middle Low German schef ‘crooked’.

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

Similar surnames: Scherf, Schiff, Scheel, Streff, Schoeff, Schaff, Schuff, Schleef

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Scheff Family Origin

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Scheff Family Occupations

What did your Scheff ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Scheff family was Dry Good Store. The most common Scheff occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Scheff's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Barber were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Scheff.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Barber

  • Dry Good Store


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

Scheff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Scheff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Scheff 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 784 immigration records available for the last name Scheff. 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 885 military records available for the last name Scheff. For the veterans among your Scheff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Scheff Life Expectancy

What is the average Scheff lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Scheff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Scheff in 1945 was 30, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Scheff

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Scheff 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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