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Hafner Name Meaning

South German and Austrian: occupational name for a potter, Middle High German hafner, an agent derivative of Middle High German hafen ‘pot’, ‘dish’. This is the normal term for the occupation in southeastern Germany and Austria, and the German surname is found mainly in this area, also in Slovenia.

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


Similar surnames: Hahner, Haefner, Hafler, Haffer, Hafer, Hader, Hefner, Harner, Kasner

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Where is the Hafner family from?

You can see how Hafner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hafner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hafner families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Hafner families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Hafner's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Hafner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hafner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hafner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hafner. 17% of Hafner men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Hafner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hafner were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housework
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Hafner. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Hafner. For the veterans among your Hafner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hafner lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Hafner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Hafner in 1944 was 28, and 78 in 2004.

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