Scarff Family History

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Scarff Name Meaning

English: from northern Middle English scarfe ‘cormorant’ (Old Norse skarfr), either a nickname for someone bearing some supposed resemblance to a cormorant, or else a survival into Middle English of the Old Norse byname Scarfi, from the same source.

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

Similar surnames: Scaff, Scaife, Wharff, Smart, Staff, Gaff, Score, Scheff, Scarr

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Scarff Family Origin

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Scarff Family Occupations

What did your Scarff ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Scarff occupation in Canada was Clerk. 12% of Scarff's were Clerks. Clerk, Harness Maker and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Scarff. A less common occupation for the Scarff family was Auctioner'S Clerk.

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  • Clerk

  • Harness Maker

  • Labourer

  • Auctioner'S Clerk


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

Scarff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Scarff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Scarff 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Scarff. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Scarff. For the veterans among your Scarff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Scarff Life Expectancy

What is the average Scarff lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Scarff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Scarff in 1940 was 68, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Scarff 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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