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Zipf Name Meaning

German: from late Middle High German zipf, zipfel ‘point’, ‘tip’, ‘corner’, hence a topographic name for someone who occupied a narrow corner of land, as for example between converging channels of a stream. South German: nickname for a simpleton.

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


Similar surnames: Zopf, Zapf, Wipf, Kopf, Zink, Zepf, Zins, Zinn, Kipp, Zill

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Where is the Zipf family from?

You can see how Zipf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zipf family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Zipf families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 21 Zipf families living in Ohio. This was about 25% of all the recorded Zipf's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Zipf families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Zipf surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Zipf ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Zipf. 19% of Zipf men worked as a Farmer and 38% of Zipf women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Zipf were Butcher and Secretary.

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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
    19%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Butcher
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    38%
  • Clerk
    38%
  • Secretary
    25%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Zipf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zipf 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 662 immigration records available for the last name Zipf. 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 903 military records available for the last name Zipf. For the veterans among your Zipf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zipf lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Zipf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Zipf in 1956 was 58, and 75 in 2004.

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