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Stiff Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English stif ‘rigid’, ‘inflexible’, hence a nickname for someone who had difficulty in bending. The term was also used in a transferred sense of character (generally in the approving sense ‘resolute’, ‘steadfast’) from the 12th century, and this use may lie behind many examples of the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Steff, Stief, Staff, Still, Stirk, Stoff, Stier, Skiff, Swift, Cliff

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Where is the Stiff family from?

You can see how Stiff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stiff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stiff families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 10 Stiff families living in Ontario. This was about 36% of all the recorded Stiff's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Stiff families in 1911.
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What did your Stiff ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Stiff. 37% of Stiff men worked as a Laborer.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Stiff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stiff 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Stiff. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Stiff. For the veterans among your Stiff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stiff lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Stiff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Stiff in 1952 was 59, and 81 in 2004.

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