Sheff Family History

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Sheff Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Slovenian Šef, Slovenized form of German Scheffe, which was used as a translation of the Slovenian surnames Sodja, Sodin, or Sodnik, status names for a judge. Variant spelling of Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) Schef, of unexplained origin.

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

Similar surnames: Shiff, Shaff, Shenk, Shuff, Shoff, Skoff, Shein, Sher, Shew, Shen

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Sheff Family Origin

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Sheff Family Occupations

What did your Sheff ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sheff. The most common Sheff occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Sheff's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sheff family was Stone Mason.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Stone Mason


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

Sheff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Sheff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheff 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 546 immigration records available for the last name Sheff. 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 759 military records available for the last name Sheff. For the veterans among your Sheff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sheff Life Expectancy

What is the average Sheff lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Sheff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Sheff in 1958 was 58, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sheff 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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