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Proft Name Meaning

German: reduced form of Profet, a nickname for a soothsayer, from Middle High German, Middle Low German prophete, proft ‘prophet’, ‘seer’. Dutch: occupational name or nickname, from Middle Dutch proofst ‘provost’ (see Provost).

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


Similar surnames: Prost, Prast, Propp, Rost, Post, Pott, Port, Polt, Drott, Brott

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Where is the Proft family from?

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

In 1940, Laborer and Laundress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Proft. 28% of Proft men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Proft women worked as a Laundress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Proft were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Farming
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laundress
    34%
  • Stenographer
    34%
  • Maid
    34%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Proft. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Proft 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 258 immigration records available for the last name Proft. 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 673 military records available for the last name Proft. For the veterans among your Proft ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Proft lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Proft life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1986, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Proft in 1962 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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