Ratcliff Family History

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Ratcliff Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places, in various parts of England, called Ratcliff(e), Radcliffe, Redcliff, or Radclive, all of which derive their names from Old English read ‘red’ + clif ‘cliff’, ‘slope’, ‘riverbank’.

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

Similar surnames: Antcliff, Gatliff, Sutcliffe, Cliff, Stancliff, Aliff, Bailiff

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Ratcliff Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ratcliff name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ratcliff. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Ratcliff Family Origin

Where is the Ratcliff family from?

Ratcliff Family Occupations

What did your Ratcliff ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Ratcliff family was Agricultural Labourer. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ratcliff. The most common Ratcliff occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Ratcliff's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Ratcliff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 69,000 census records available for the last name Ratcliff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ratcliff 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Ratcliff. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Ratcliff. For the veterans among your Ratcliff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ratcliff Life Expectancy

What is the average Ratcliff lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Ratcliff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Ratcliff in 1941 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ratcliff

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ratcliff 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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