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Sherriff Family History

Sherriff Name Meaning

English and Scottish: status name for a sheriff, from Middle English schiref ‘sheriff’, ‘administrative officer of an English shire’, from Old English scir ‘shire’ + (ge)refa ‘reeve’ (see Reeve). Compare Shreve.

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

Similar surnames: Sheriff, Sherrin, Sheaff, Herring, Skerritt, Herrick, Shroff

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Where is the Sherriff family from?

You can see how Sherriff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sherriff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sherriff families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Sherriff families living in Georgia. This was about 27% of all the recorded Sherriff's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Sherriff families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sherriff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sherriff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sherriff. 32% of Sherriff men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Sherriff women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sherriff were Machinist and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Sherriff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sherriff 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Sherriff. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Sherriff. For the veterans among your Sherriff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sherriff lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Sherriff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sherriff in 1959 was 52, and 97 in 2004.

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