Griff Family History

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Griff Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone living near a pit or hollow, from Old Norse gryfja ‘pit’, ‘hollow’, or a habitational name from Griff in Warwickshire, Griffe in Derbyshire, or Griff Farm in Rievaulx, North Yorkshire, all probably named with this word. Welsh: short form of Griffith. Possibly also a reduced form of Irish McGriff. German: variant of Greif 1.

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

Similar surnames: Grief, Grof, Griffo, Graff, Cliff, Groff, Grill, Aliff, Rief, Grice

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Griff Family Origin

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Griff Family Occupations

What did your Griff ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Clerk Commercial, Dressing Bag Maker (Portmanteau) and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Griff. A less common occupation for the Griff family was Iron Ore Miner. The most common Griff occupation in the UK was Clerk Commercial. 13% of Griff's were Clerk Commercials.

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  • Clerk Commercial

  • Dressing Bag Maker (Portmanteau)

  • Farmer

  • Iron Ore Miner


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Griff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Griff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Griff 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 Griff. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Griff. For the veterans among your Griff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Griff Life Expectancy

What is the average Griff lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Griff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Griff in 1960 was 59, and 84 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Griff 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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