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Kiefer Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a cooper or the overseer of a wine cellar, from an agent derivative of Middle High German kuofe ‘vat’, ‘barrel’ (from Latin cupa). from an agent derivative of Middle High German kiffen ‘to quarrel’, hence a nickname for a bickerer. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Kiefer ‘pine tree’. This word, which is first attested in the early 15th century, is a blend of kien and forhe, both meaning ‘pine’. The two elements still have a separate existence: kieboom is the Dutch term for a pine tree, while in many parts of Germany the word for the tree is Föhre.

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


Similar surnames: Kipfer, Kieser, Kieper, Bieber, Kipper, Kupfer, Kuefler, Kifer

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Where is the Kiefer family from?

You can see how Kiefer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kiefer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Kiefer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 24 Kiefer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 62% of all the recorded Kiefer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kiefer families in 1840.
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What did your Kiefer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kiefer. 14% of Kiefer men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Kiefer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kiefer were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    14%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Kiefer. For the veterans among your Kiefer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kiefer lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kiefer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kiefer in 1942 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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