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Wharff Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a wharf or an occupational name for someone who worked at one, from Old English hwearf ‘wharf’.

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

Similar surnames: Wharton, Huff, Chard, Gaff, Scarff, Warth, Hardt, Harty, Hauff, Warne

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Where is the Wharff family from?

You can see how Wharff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wharff family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Wharff families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Wharff families living in Maine. This was about 75% of all the recorded Wharff's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Wharff families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wharff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wharff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wharff. 20% of Wharff men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Wharff women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wharff were Proprietor and Maid.

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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
  • New Worker
  • Mechanic
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
  • Housewife
  • New Worker
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Wharff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wharff 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 94 immigration records available for the last name Wharff. 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 410 military records available for the last name Wharff. For the veterans among your Wharff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wharff lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Wharff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Wharff in 1941 was 36, and 88 in 2004.

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