Schaaf Family History

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Schaaf Name Meaning

German: metonymic occupational name for a shepherd, from Middle High German schaf ‘sheep’. In some cases it may have been a nickname for someone thought to resemble a sheep, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a sheep. Compare Schaap.

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

Similar surnames: Schaap, Schaab, Schaff, Schaar, Schaal, Schwan, Schaul, Schaub

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Schaaf Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Schaaf name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Schaaf Family Origin

Where is the Schaaf family from?

Schaaf Family Occupations

What did your Schaaf ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Schaaf occupation in the USA was Farmer. 22% of Schaaf's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Schaaf family was Keeping House. Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schaaf.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Schaaf Historical Records

What Schaaf family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Schaaf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schaaf 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Schaaf. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Schaaf. For the veterans among your Schaaf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schaaf Life Expectancy

What is the average Schaaf lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Schaaf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Schaaf in 1943 was 33, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Schaaf

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schaaf 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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