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Heft Family History

Heft Name Meaning

German: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hilts, clasps, and handles (for knives, swords, etc.), Middle High German hefte.

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


Similar surnames: Haft, Hefti, Hoeft, Belt, Helf, Heit, Hehl, Best, West, Hege

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Where is the Heft family from?

You can see how Heft families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heft family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Heft families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 28 Heft families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 85% of all the recorded Heft's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Heft families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Heft surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Heft ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Heft. 18% of Heft men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Heft women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heft were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    18%
  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Operator
    9%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Heft. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heft 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 993 immigration records available for the last name Heft. 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 Heft. For the veterans among your Heft ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heft lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Heft life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Heft in 1957 was 38, and 77 in 2004.

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