Schaffer Family History

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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’. South German (Schäffer) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Schaefer.

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

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

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Schaffer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Schaffer name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Schaffer Family Origin

Where is the Schaffer family from?

Schaffer Family Occupations

What did your Schaffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schaffer. The most common Schaffer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Schaffer's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Schaffer 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 Schaffer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Schaffer Historical Records

What Schaffer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 104,000 census records available for the last name Schaffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schaffer 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 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 Card

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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Schaffer Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Schaffer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schaffer 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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