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Schaeffer Name Meaning

German (Schäffer):: see Schaffer variant of Schäfer (see Schaefer ).

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


Similar surnames: Scheffer, Schaffer, Shaeffer, Schieffer, Scheffert, Schaffner

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Where is the Schaeffer family from?

You can see how Schaeffer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schaeffer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Schaeffer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Schaeffer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Schaeffer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Schaeffer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Schaeffer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Schaeffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Schaeffer. 12% of Schaeffer men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Schaeffer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schaeffer were Clerk and Saleslady. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    12%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Saleslady
    6%
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Census Records

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Schaeffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schaeffer 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Schaeffer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Schaeffer. For the veterans among your Schaeffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schaeffer lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Schaeffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Schaeffer in 1942 was 43, and 78 in 2004.

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