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Origin and Meaning of Riff

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  1. A jazz ostinato; usually provides a background for a solo improvisation
  2. A Berber living in northern Morocco
  3. Play riffs
  4. Look through a book or other written material
  1. A repeated instrumental melody line in a song.
    Listen to one of the greatest guitar of all time!
  2. A clever or witty remark.
  3. A variation on something.
  4. A spoof.

riff was also found in the following language(s): French and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Riff

Riff Raff is a hip hop music and electronic dance music rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. Riff was given the name Horst Simco on January 29th, 1982 in Houston, Texas, U.S. Riff is also known as Jody HiGHROLLER, MTV RiFF RaFF, RiFF RaFF SODMG, Kokayne Dawkinz, The Freestyle Scientist, Jody 3 Moons, Peach Panther, Iceberg Simpson, Neon Icon, and Versace Python.


Riff Cohen is a musician. She has been prominent since 2008. Riff was born in 1984 in Ramat Aviv.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Riff

Sepp Riff was a cinematographer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1952 to 1976. Sepp was born on February 17th, 1928 in Austria. He breathed his last breath on February 12th, 2000.


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Popularity of Riff as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Riff U.S.
  White 91.40% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.88% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.65% 16.26%

Of Last Name Riff

People with the last name Riff are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Riff

  • How Popular is the name Riff? As a last name Riff was the 55,255th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Riff first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Riff is Saturday, August 7th, 1886.
  • How unique is the name Riff? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Riff. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Riff: Your name in reverse order is Ffir. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fifr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Riff? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 372 people with the last name Riff.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Riff? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Riff as their last name since less than 1 person in 769k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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