Schafer Family History

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Schafer Name Meaning

German (Schäfer) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): see Schaefer.

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

Similar surnames: Schaefer, Schaffer, Schlafer, Schofer, Shafer, Schaper, Shafter

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Schafer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Schafer name?

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


  • Sweden


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Schafer Family Origin

Where is the Schafer family from?

Schafer Family Occupations

What did your Schafer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Schafer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Schafer's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schafer. A less common occupation for the Schafer family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Schafer Historical Records

What Schafer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 112,000 census records available for the last name Schafer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schafer 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 32,000 immigration records available for the last name Schafer. 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 53,000 military records available for the last name Schafer. For the veterans among your Schafer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schafer Life Expectancy

What is the average Schafer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Schafer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Schafer in 1940 was 39, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Schafer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schafer 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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