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Schaffer Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a steward or bailiff from an agent derivative of Middle High German schaffen ‘to manage’. It is also found in France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine) Hungary Denmark Czechia Slovakia and Slovenia; see also 3 below. South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (Schäffer): variant of Schäfer (see Schaefer ). It is also found in Hungary Denmark Czechia Slovakia and Slovenia. Compare Cheffer Schaeffer Shaeffer Shafer Shaffer and Sheaffer . Germanized form of Hungarian Sáfár Slovenian and Croatian Šafar or Šafer Czech Šafář or Šafer Slovak Šafár cognates of 1 above (see Safar ).

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

Similar surnames: Schiffer, Schaefer, Schaffter, Schaffert, Scheffer, Schaffner

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Where is the Schaffer family from?

You can see how Schaffer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schaffer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Schaffer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 41 Schaffer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 62% of all the recorded Schaffer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Schaffer families in 1840.
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What did your Schaffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Schaffer. 14% of Schaffer men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Schaffer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schaffer were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Schaffer. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Schaffer. For the veterans among your Schaffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schaffer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Schaffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Schaffer in 1944 was 27, and 78 in 2004.

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