Helfer Family History

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Helfer Name Meaning

South German: metonymic occupational name for an assistant of some kind, or nickname for a helpful person, from Middle High German hëlfære, German Helfer ‘helper’, ‘assistant’.

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

Similar surnames: Helmer, Heller, Helber, Helf, Hegler, Hupfer, Helder, Herzer, Huffer

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Helfer Family Origin

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Helfer Family Occupations

What did your Helfer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Helfer family was Baker. The most common Helfer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 24% of Helfer's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Helfer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Baker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Helfer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Helfer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Helfer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Helfer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Helfer. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Helfer. For the veterans among your Helfer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Helfer Life Expectancy

What is the average Helfer lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Helfer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Helfer in 1948 was 57, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Helfer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Helfer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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