Laufer Family History

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Laufer Name Meaning

German: habitational name for someone from a place called Lauf. German (Läufer) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a messenger or a nickname for a fast runner, from an agent derivative of Middle High German loufen, German laufen ‘to run’. English: variant of Laver.

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

Similar surnames: Lauer, Lauser, Kaufer, Lander, Lauter, Lauper, Glauber, Maurer, Mauer

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Laufer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Laufer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Laufer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Laufer Family Origin

Where is the Laufer family from?

Laufer Family Occupations

What did your Laufer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Laufer family was Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Laufer. The most common Laufer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Laufer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Blacksmith

  • Laborer


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

Laufer Historical Records

What Laufer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Laufer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Laufer 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Laufer. 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 Laufer. For the veterans among your Laufer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Laufer Life Expectancy

What is the average Laufer lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Laufer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Laufer in 1948 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Laufer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Laufer 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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