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Hanff Family History

Hanff Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Hanif, Hauff, Haff, Hanf, Hanft, Han, Hand, Hanna, Hang, Hoff

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Where is the Hanff family from?

You can see how Hanff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hanff family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Hanff families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2 Hanff families living in Lancashire. This was about 50% of all the recorded Hanff's in United Kingdom. Lancashire and 1 other county had the highest population of Hanff families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hanff surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hanff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hanff. 24% of Hanff men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Hanff women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hanff were Salesman and Superintendent. .

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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

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Machinist
    24%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Salesman
    16%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    43%
  • Teacher
    29%
  • Superintendent
    29%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Hanff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hanff 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 419 immigration records available for the last name Hanff. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 674 military records available for the last name Hanff. For the veterans among your Hanff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hanff lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2003, in the United States, Hanff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1983, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Hanff in 1964 was 72, and 83 in 2003.

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