Schaeffer Family History

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Schaeffer Name Meaning

variant of Schaffer 1. variant of Schaefer.

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

Similar surnames: Scheffer, Schaffer, Shaeffer, Schieffer, Scheffert, Schaffner

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Schaeffer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Schaeffer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Schaeffer. 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


  • European Jewish


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Schaeffer Family Origin

Where is the Schaeffer family from?

Schaeffer Family Occupations

What did your Schaeffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Schaeffer family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schaeffer. The most common Schaeffer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 19% of Schaeffer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Schaeffer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Schaeffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schaeffer 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Schaeffer. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Schaeffer. For the veterans among your Schaeffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schaeffer Life Expectancy

What is the average Schaeffer lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Schaeffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Schaeffer in 1942 was 43, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Schaeffer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schaeffer 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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