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Schaefer Name Meaning

German (Schäfer) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a shepherd, from an agent derivative of German Schaf, Middle High German schaf ‘sheep’. This name is widespread throughout central and eastern Europe.

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


Similar surnames: Schaffer, Schiefer, Schiffer, Schaffter, Scharrer, Schadler, Scheler

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Where is the Schaefer family from?

You can see how Schaefer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schaefer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Schaefer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Schaefer families living in Illinois. This was about 27% of all the recorded Schaefer's in the USA. Illinois and 2 other states had the highest population of Schaefer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Schaefer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Schaefer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Schaefer. 12% of Schaefer men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Schaefer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schaefer were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
    12%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 135,000 census records available for the last name Schaefer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schaefer 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Schaefer. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Schaefer. For the veterans among your Schaefer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schaefer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Schaefer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Schaefer in 1940 was 40, and 78 in 2004.

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