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Kipfer Name Meaning

Swiss German: topographic name for someone living on or near a peak or summit, from Kipf ‘edge’, ‘verge’, ‘point’. German: from a derivative of the personal name Giebfried, from Old High German geba ‘gift’ + fridu ‘protection’, ‘peace’. South German: from the dialect word Kipf or Kipferl ‘croissant’, ‘crescent-shaped roll’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a baker or pâtissier. Respelling of Swiss German Küpfer (see Kupfer).

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


Similar surnames: Kapfer, Kiefer, Kupfer, Kipper, Kiper, Kupper, Knipfer, Klopfer

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Where is the Kipfer family from?

You can see how Kipfer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kipfer family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Kipfer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 14 Kipfer families living in Ohio. This was about 22% of all the recorded Kipfer's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Kipfer families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kipfer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kipfer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kipfer. 42% of Kipfer men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Kipfer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kipfer were Farm Operator and Housework.

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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
    42%
  • Farm Hand
    12%
  • Larborer
    9%
  • Farm Operator
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    50%
  • Housework
    50%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 443 immigration records available for the last name Kipfer. 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 479 military records available for the last name Kipfer. For the veterans among your Kipfer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kipfer lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Kipfer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Kipfer in 1955 was 58, and 77 in 2004.

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