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Scherer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a sheep-shearer or someone who used scissors to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excessive nap from Middle High German scherer German Scherer Yiddish sherer agent derivatives of Middle High German scheren ‘to shear’. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Compare Sharer 2 Sharrer and Shearer Dutch and Flemish: cognate of 1 above from Middle Dutch sc(h)errer ‘cutter’.

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

Similar surnames: Scherzer, Scheuer, Scherber, Scheer, Scheler, Scheerer, Scheurer

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Where is the Scherer family from?

You can see how Scherer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Scherer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Scherer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Scherer families living in Illinois. This was about 50% of all the recorded Scherer's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Scherer families in 1840.
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What did your Scherer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Scherer. 12% of Scherer men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Scherer women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Scherer were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Scherer. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Scherer. For the veterans among your Scherer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Scherer lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Scherer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Scherer in 1943 was 45, and 76 in 2004.

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