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Sheaff Family History

Sheaff Name Meaning

English (Kent): from Middle English shefe ‘sheaf bundle’ (Old English scēaf) hence possibly a nickname 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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Where is the Sheaff family from?

You can see how Sheaff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sheaff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sheaff families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Sheaff families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 62% of all the recorded Sheaff's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Sheaff families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sheaff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sheaff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Printer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sheaff. 17% of Sheaff men worked as a Printer and 34% of Sheaff women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sheaff were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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

  • Printer
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Interior Decorator
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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