Sheaff Family History

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Sheaff Name Meaning

English (Kent): from Middle English shefe ‘sheaf’, ‘bundle’ (Old English sceaf), hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a harvest worker, or for someone who paid or collected tithes, from the same term in the sense ‘tenth’ (or other proportion of produce paid as a tithe).

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

Similar surnames: Sheard, Scaff, Shean, Staff, Shoaf, Gaff, Schaff, Shaft, Shroff

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Sheaff Family Origin

Where is the Sheaff family from?

Sheaff Family Occupations

What did your Sheaff ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sheaff. The most common Sheaff occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Sheaff's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sheaff family was Painter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Painter


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

Sheaff Historical Records

What Sheaff family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Sheaff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheaff 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 235 immigration records available for the last name Sheaff. 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 733 military records available for the last name Sheaff. For the veterans among your Sheaff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sheaff Life Expectancy

What is the average Sheaff lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Sheaff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Sheaff in 1961 was 48, and 86 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sheaff

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sheaff 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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