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Stief Name Meaning

German (Sorbian): from a pet form of the personal name Stefan, vernacular form of Latin Stephanus (see Steven). North German: nickname from Middle Low German stif ‘stiff’, ‘rigid’.

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


Similar surnames: Stieb, Stier, Steff, Stec, Stien, Stipek, Stieg, Stiel, Stiff, Siek

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Where is the Stief family from?

You can see how Stief families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stief family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Stief families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 7 Stief families living in Alberta. This was about 58% of all the recorded Stief's in Canada. Alberta had the highest population of Stief families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Stief surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Stief ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Stief. 23% of Stief men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Stief women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stief were Truck Driver and Housework.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Merchant
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Cook
    20%
  • Housework
    20%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Stief. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stief census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 616 immigration records available for the last name Stief. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Stief. For the veterans among your Stief ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stief lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Stief life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Stief in 1944 was 27, and 77 in 2004.

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