Stiff Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English stif ‘rigid’, ‘inflexible’, hence a nickname for someone who had difficulty in bending. The term was also used in a transferred sense of character (generally in the approving sense ‘resolute’, ‘steadfast’) from the 12th century, and this use may lie behind many examples of the surname.

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


Similar surnames: Steff, Stief, Staff, Still, Stirk, Stoff, Stier, Skiff, Swift, Cliff

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Stiff Family Origin

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Stiff Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    8%
  • Labourer

    8%
  • Farm Labourer

    3%
  • Bricklayer

    2%

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Stiff. The most common Stiff occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 8% of Stiff's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Stiff family was Bricklayer.

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Stiff Historical Records

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Stiff Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1952 and 2004, Stiff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Stiff in 1952 was 59, and 81 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Stiff

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