Reeve Family History

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Reeve Name Meaning

English (most common in East Anglia): from Middle English reeve, an occupational name for a steward or bailiff, the precise character of whose duties varied from place to place and at different periods.

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

Similar surnames: Reeves, Reese, Revere, Cleve, Beese, Reeder, Reaver, Reef, Shreeve

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Reeve Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Reeve name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Reeve. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Reeve Family Origin

Where is the Reeve family from?

Reeve Family Occupations

What did your Reeve ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Reeve occupation in Canada was Farmer. 33% of Reeve's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Reeve family was Agent. Farmer, School and Student were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reeve.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Student

  • Agent


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Reeve ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Reeve Historical Records

What Reeve family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 187,000 census records available for the last name Reeve. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reeve census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Reeve. 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 Card

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Reeve. For the veterans among your Reeve ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Reeve Life Expectancy

What is the average Reeve lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Reeve life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Reeve in 1942 was 69, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Reeve

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reeve ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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