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Tuft Name Meaning

English (Midlands): possibly a topographical name from Middle English tufte, tuffe ‘clump of trees or bushes’. This is an element of minor place names and field names in various counties. Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads so named, from Old Norse tupt ‘site’, ‘lot’. Possibly an altered spelling of South German Duft, from a topographic name meaning ‘swamp’, ‘moor’.

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


Similar surnames: Toft, Tutt, Taft, Luft, Tufte, Huff, Turk, Lust, Tusa, Loft

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Where is the Tuft family from?

You can see how Tuft families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tuft family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tuft families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Tuft families living in Indiana. This was about 19% of all the recorded Tuft's in the USA. Indiana and 2 other states had the highest population of Tuft families in 1840.
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What did your Tuft ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Nurse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tuft. 22% of Tuft men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Tuft women worked as a Nurse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tuft were Farm Laborer and School 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

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Salesman
    16%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farm Laborer
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Nurse
    15%
  • Typist
    15%
  • Saleswoman
    15%
  • School Teacher
    15%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Tuft. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tuft 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 839 immigration records available for the last name Tuft. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Tuft. For the veterans among your Tuft ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tuft lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Tuft life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Tuft in 1958 was 58, and 77 in 2004.

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