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Staff Family History

Staff Name Meaning

English (Norfolk and Suffolk): from Middle English staf ‘rod staff stave’ (Old English stæf) used as a nickname either for a tall thin person someone who made staves or for anyone who carried a staff of office. Norwegian: habitational name from the farm name Stav from Old Norse stafr see Stava .

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


Similar surnames: Steff, Stoff, Scaff, Stang, Stauff, Stiff, Staffa, Taff, Staal, Gaff

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Where is the Staff family from?

You can see how Staff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Staff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Staff families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Staff families living in New York. This was about 57% of all the recorded Staff's in USA. New York had the highest population of Staff families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Staff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Staff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Staff. 22% of Staff men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Staff women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Staff were Truck Driver 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

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    15%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Staff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Staff 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 Staff. 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 49,000 military records available for the last name Staff. For the veterans among your Staff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Staff lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Staff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Staff in 1958 was 41, and 71 in 2004.

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