Gaff Family History

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Gaff Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for someone who made or used iron hooks or crooks, Old French, Middle English gaffe. German: from a derivative of the stem geb- (see Gaffke).

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

Similar surnames: Graff, Raff, Gage, Gadd, Boff, Huff, Goff, Gast, Game, Haff

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Gaff Family Origin

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Gaff Family Occupations

What did your Gaff ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Gaff family was Coal Miner. Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gaff. The most common Gaff occupation in the UK was Labourer. 13% of Gaff's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Coal Miner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Gaff ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Gaff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Gaff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gaff census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gaff. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Gaff. For the veterans among your Gaff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gaff Life Expectancy

What is the average Gaff lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Gaff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Gaff in 1956 was 57, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gaff

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gaff ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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