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Dorf Family History

Dorf Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a villager or a countryman from Middle High German dorf Middle Low German dorp (German Dorf) ‘village’.

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


Similar surnames: Dorn, Dore, Nord, Korf, Kopf, Hoof, Dort, Orf, Dory, Boff

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Where is the Dorf family from?

You can see how Dorf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dorf family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Dorf families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 20 Dorf families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Dorf's in USA. New York had the highest population of Dorf families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dorf surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dorf ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dorf. 14% of Dorf men worked as a Salesman and 24% of Dorf women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dorf were Clerk and Bookkeeper. .

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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

  • Salesman
    14%
  • Operator
    11%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    24%
  • Teacher
    12%
  • Saleswoman
    12%
  • Bookkeeper
    12%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Dorf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorf 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 Dorf. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Dorf. For the veterans among your Dorf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dorf lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Dorf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Dorf in 1949 was 50, and 79 in 2004.

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