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Duffer Family History

Duffer Name Meaning

In at least some cases it seems to be a variant of Irish Duffy. Perhaps a variant of South German Tüffer, a habitational name for someone from Tüffen in Switzerland or Tiefen (earlier Tüeffen) near Freiburg, place names based on Old High German tiufi ‘gorge’ or tuf, taf ‘bog’, ‘swamp’. Compare Duffner. Possibly an altered spelling of French Dufer, a nickname from du fer ‘(man) of iron’.

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


Similar surnames: Huffer, Duffner, Duer, Dugger, Duffey, Ruffer, Fulfer, Ufer, Daffern

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Where is the Duffer family from?

You can see how Duffer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Duffer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Duffer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Duffer families living in Virginia. This was about 39% of all the recorded Duffer's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Duffer families in 1840.
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What did your Duffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Duffer. 25% of Duffer men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Duffer women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Duffer were Salesman and Housewife.

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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
    25%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Saleswoman
    9%
  • Seamstress
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
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Passenger Lists

There are 639 immigration records available for the last name Duffer. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Duffer. For the veterans among your Duffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Duffer lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Duffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Duffer in 1961 was 46, and 82 in 2004.

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