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Alf Family History

Alf Name Meaning

North German: from a reduced form of Adolf. Scandinavian: from the personal name Alf, a short form of any of several personal names formed with alf ‘elf’ as the first element.

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


Similar surnames: Alff, Alm, Ale, Ahlf, Palm, Al, Ali, Alt, Alix, Aldi

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Where is the Alf family from?

You can see how Alf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alf family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Alf families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 12 Alf families living in Manitoba. This was about 80% of all the recorded Alf's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Alf families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Alf surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Alf ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Alf. 32% of Alf men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Alf women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alf were Manager and Saleslady.

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

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    32%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Manager
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    25%
  • Housekeeper
    25%
  • Housewife
    17%
  • Saleslady
    17%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Alf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alf census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Alf. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 746 military records available for the last name Alf. For the veterans among your Alf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alf lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Alf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Alf in 1953 was 32, and 84 in 2004.

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