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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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Where is the Laufer family from?

You can see how Laufer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Laufer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Laufer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Laufer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 60% of all the recorded Laufer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Laufer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Laufer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Laufer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Laufer. 14% of Laufer men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Laufer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Laufer were Clerk and Teacher.

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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%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Saleslady
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    9%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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