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Klopfer Name Meaning

South German (also Klöpfer) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Middle High German klopfære German Klo(e)pfer a noun derivative of Middle High German klopfen ‘to pound bang or hammer’. This could denote someone working in the wool hemp or millinery trades a miner metal worker or hunter. For Jews it can also refer to the occupation of one who knocks calling people to synagogue called shulkloper shulkleper in Yiddish Germanized to Schulklopfer.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Klepper, Klopf, Kupfer, Klepfer, Kipfer, Klapper, Kloster, Hopfer

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Where is the Klopfer family from?

You can see how Klopfer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Klopfer family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1840 and 1920. The most Klopfer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Klopfer family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Klopfer's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Klopfer families in 1840.
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What did your Klopfer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Klopfer. 16% of Klopfer men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Klopfer women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Klopfer were Machinist and Clerk. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
  • Housewife
  • Waitress
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Klopfer. For the veterans among your Klopfer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Klopfer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Klopfer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Klopfer in 1944 was 40, and 79 in 2004.

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