Schaff Family History

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Schaff Name Meaning

German: variant of Schaaf. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental or occupational name from German Schaf ‘sheep’. German: metonymic occupational name for a tubmaker, from Middle High German schaff(e) ‘wooden vessel’, ‘scoop’ (see Scheffel).

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

Similar surnames: Schiff, Schaaf, Schuff, Scaff, Schatz, Schaul, Schauf, Schoff

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Schaff Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Schaff name?

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


  • European Jewish


  • Norway


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Schaff Family Origin

Where is the Schaff family from?

Schaff Family Occupations

What did your Schaff ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Butcher


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

Schaff Historical Records

What Schaff family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Schaff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schaff 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Schaff. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Schaff. For the veterans among your Schaff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schaff Life Expectancy

What is the average Schaff lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Schaff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Schaff in 1951 was 51, and 89 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Schaff

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schaff 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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