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Saffer Family History

Saffer Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): nickname for a greedy person, from Old French saffre ‘glutton’. South German: topographic name for someone living in a damp depression. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Safir.

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


Similar surnames: Offer, Safier, Laufer, Sauser, Safer, Huffer, Schaffer, Sander

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Where is the Saffer family from?

You can see how Saffer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Saffer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Saffer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Saffer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 33% of all the recorded Saffer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Saffer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Saffer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Saffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Saffer. 16% of Saffer men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Saffer women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Saffer were Clerk and Saleslady.

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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
    16%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    12%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Saleslady
    10%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Saffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Saffer 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Saffer. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Saffer. For the veterans among your Saffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Saffer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Saffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Saffer in 1944 was 66, and 77 in 2004.

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