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Ref Family History

Ref Surname 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: Rey, Re, Ren, Reff, Reef, Ree, Reh, Rief, Rew, Relf

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Where is the Ref family from?

You can see how Ref families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ref family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1891 and 1920. The most Ref families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there was 1 Ref family living in London. This was 100% of all the recorded Ref's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Ref families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ref surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ref ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Labor was the top reported job for people in the USA named Ref. 100% of Ref men worked as a Labor. .

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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

  • Labor
    100%
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Census Records

There are 311 census records available for the last name Ref. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ref 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 116 immigration records available for the last name Ref. 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 40 military records available for the last name Ref. For the veterans among your Ref ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ref lifespan?

Average Ref life expectancy in 2002 was 82 years. This was higher than the general public life expectancy which was 74.

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