Reef Name Meaning

North German: of disputed origin; either a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of rope, from Middle Low German reep ‘rope’, or alternatively, a nickname for a feeble or very thin person, from Middle Low German ref, rif ‘body’, ‘skeleton’.

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


Similar surnames: Reff, Reeh, Reep, Remer, Helf, Reder, Greif, Brief, Reek, Rey

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Reef Family Origin

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Reef Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Carpenter

    12%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Blacksmith

    4%

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Reef family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reef. The most common Reef occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Reef's were Farmers.

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Reef Historical Records

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Reef Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1944 and 2004, Reef life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Reef in 1944 was 23, and 87 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Reef

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