Schaffter Family History

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Schaffter Name Meaning

German (Schäffter): occupational name for a maker of wooden shafts for tools and weapons, from an agent derivative of Middle High German, Middle Low German schaft ‘weapon’.

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

Similar surnames: Schaffer, Schaefer, Schiffer, Schaufler, Schaeffler, Schiffler

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Schaffter Family Origin

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Schaffter Family Occupations

What did your Schaffter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Schaffter family was Laborer. Farmer, Blacksmith and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schaffter. The most common Schaffter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Schaffter's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Blacksmith

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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

Schaffter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Schaffter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schaffter 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 341 immigration records available for the last name Schaffter. 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 206 military records available for the last name Schaffter. For the veterans among your Schaffter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schaffter Life Expectancy

What is the average Schaffter lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Schaffter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Schaffter in 1957 was 47, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Schaffter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schaffter 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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