Greaves Family History

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Greaves Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Old English gr?fe ‘brushwood’, ‘thicket’, or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word, for example in Cumbria, Lancashire, and Staffordshire.

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

Similar surnames: Grave, Graves, Graven, Grapes, Graver, Reeves, Draves, Gleave, Greven

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Greaves Family Origin

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Greaves Family Occupations

What did your Greaves ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Greaves family was Annuitant. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Greaves. The most common Greaves occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Greaves's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant


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

Greaves Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 185,000 census records available for the last name Greaves. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Greaves 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Greaves. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Greaves. For the veterans among your Greaves ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Greaves Life Expectancy

What is the average Greaves lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Greaves life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Greaves in 1943 was 35, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Greaves

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Greaves 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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