Rife Family History

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Rife Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Reiff.

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

Similar surnames: Riffe, Riff, Rike, Rice, Rine, Hire, Nine, Crite, Pike, Grine

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Rife Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rife name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rife. 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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Rife Family Origin

Where is the Rife family from?

Rife Family Occupations

What did your Rife ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Rife family was At School. Farmer, Labourer and Agent were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rife. The most common Rife occupation in Canada was Farmer. 24% of Rife's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agent

  • At School


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

Rife Historical Records

What Rife family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Rife. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rife 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Rife. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Rife. For the veterans among your Rife ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rife Life Expectancy

What is the average Rife lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Rife life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rife in 1949 was 39, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rife 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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