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Greif Name Meaning

German: habitational name from a house distinguished by the sign of a gryphon, Middle High German grif(e) (Old High German grif(o), from Late Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin). German: nickname for a grasping man, the gryphon in folk etymology having come to be associated with Middle High German grifen ‘to grasp or snatch’. English: variant of Grief.

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

Similar surnames: Greis, Reis, Grein, Reiff, Green, Reil, Gress, Reef, Greve, Gleim

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Where is the Greif family from?

You can see how Greif families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Greif family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Greif families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 2 Greif families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Greif's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Greif families in 1911.
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What did your Greif ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Greif. 13% of Greif men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Greif women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Greif were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Manager
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Greif. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Greif 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Greif. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Greif. For the veterans among your Greif ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Greif lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Greif life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Greif in 1954 was 30, and 76 in 2004.

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