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Gaff Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for someone who made or used iron hooks or crooks from Old French gaffe ‘iron hook’. Irish (Offaly): from Mag Eochadha see McGough . German: from a derivative of the stem geb- (see Gaffke ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Graff, Raff, Gage, Gadd, Boff, Huff, Goff, Gast, Game, Haff

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Where is the Gaff family from?

You can see how Gaff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gaff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gaff families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 8 Gaff families living in Quebec. This was about 30% of all the recorded Gaff's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Gaff families in 1911.
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What did your Gaff ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Gaff. 100% of Gaff men worked as a Farmer. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gaff. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Gaff. For the veterans among your Gaff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gaff lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Gaff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Gaff in 1956 was 57, and 69 in 2004.

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