Schiff Family History

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Schiff Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German schif ‘ship’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a sailor, or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a ship. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or habitational name (see 1 above), from German Schiff ‘ship’.

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

Similar surnames: Schaff, Schild, Schuff, Schiffer, Schaaf, Shiff, Scherf, Scheff

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Schiff Family Origin

Where is the Schiff family from?

Schiff Family Occupations

What did your Schiff ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Salesman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schiff. A less common occupation for the Schiff family was Dry Goods. The most common Schiff occupation in the USA was Farmer. 7% of Schiff's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Salesman

  • Dry Goods


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

Schiff Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Schiff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schiff 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Schiff. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Schiff. For the veterans among your Schiff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schiff Life Expectancy

What is the average Schiff lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Schiff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Schiff in 1944 was 35, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Schiff

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schiff 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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