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Hafer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a grower of or dealer in oats, from German Hafer ‘oats’. Compare Haber. As a Jewish surname, it is in many cases ornamental.

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


Similar surnames: Haber, Haver, Hader, Hamer, Haker, Hofer, Harer, Hager, Hafen, Hafner

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Where is the Hafer family from?

You can see how Hafer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hafer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hafer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Hafer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 55% of all the recorded Hafer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hafer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hafer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hafer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hafer. 19% of Hafer men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Hafer women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hafer were Carpenter and Maid.

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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

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Hafer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hafer 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Hafer. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Hafer. For the veterans among your Hafer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hafer lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Hafer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Hafer in 1947 was 45, and 76 in 2004.

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