Sheff Family History

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Sheff Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Slovenian Šef, Slovenized form of German Scheffe, which was used as a translation of the Slovenian surnames Sodja, Sodin, or Sodnik, status names for a judge. Variant spelling of Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) Schef, of unexplained origin.

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

Similar surnames: Shiff, Shaff, Shenk, Shuff, Shoff, Skoff, Shein, Sher, Shew, Shen

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Sheff Family Origin

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Sheff Family Occupations

What did your Sheff ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Engineer Lathe Hand Fitter and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Sheff. 13% of Sheff men worked as an Engineer Lathe Hand Fitter and 40% of Sheff women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sheff were General Labourer (heavy Worker) and Refugee German

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Engineer Lathe Hand Fitter
  • Formerly Commercial Traveller Funiture Representative
  • General Labourer
  • General Labourer (heavy Worker)

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Childs Nurse
  • Housewife
  • Refugee German

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Sheff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Sheff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheff 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 546 immigration records available for the last name Sheff. 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 759 military records available for the last name Sheff. For the veterans among your Sheff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sheff Life Expectancy

What is the average Sheff lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Sheff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Sheff in 1958 was 58, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sheff

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sheff 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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