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Schaffer Family History

Schaffer Name Meaning
German: occupational name for a steward or bailiff, from an agent derivative of Middle High German schaffen ‘to manage’.South German (Schäffer) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Schaefer.

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

525,005 Historical Documents with Schaffer on Ancestry.com
132,271 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
24,319 Military Records
16,244 Immigration Records
101,783 Census and Voter Lists
250,388 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Schaffer Families

  • Number of Schaffer families
     472 - 941
     158 - 471
     1 - 157
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Schaffer families
     26 - 50
     9 - 25
     1 - 8
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Schaffer last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Schaffer census records

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Schaffer Family Origin

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Schaffer Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Schaffer families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

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Average Life Expectancy for Schaffer

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Schaffer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Schaffer census records

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Schaffer Civil War Service Records

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