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Reeves Name Meaning

English: variant of Reeve with post-medieval excrescent -s. English: from Middle English reve + genitival -s for the son daughter wife or servant of a reeve or of someone surnamed Reeve . English: from Middle English atte Reves a topographic and occupational name for someone who lived and probably worked ‘at the reeve's (house)’. English: topographic name for someone who lived on the margin of a wood or other geographical feature from a misdivision of the Middle English phrase atter eves ‘at the edge or border’ (Old English æt thære efese). See Eaves . Irish (Limerick): from Ó Rímheadha later Ó Rímheá ‘descendant of Rímheadh’ a personal name derived from rímid meaning ‘counter’.

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

Similar surnames: Reeve, Greaves, Reeder, Reever, Seever, Neaves, Reese, Nieves, Rieves

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Where is the Reeves family from?

You can see how Reeves families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reeves family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reeves families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 284 Reeves families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Reeves's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Reeves families in 1911.
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What did your Reeves ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Reeves. 32% of Reeves men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Reeves women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reeves were Carpenter and Saleslady. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Student
  • Saleslady
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Passenger Lists

There are 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Reeves. 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 85,000 military records available for the last name Reeves. For the veterans among your Reeves ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reeves lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Reeves life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Reeves in 1941 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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