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Schiffer Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a mariner or boatman from an agent derivative of Middle High German schif ‘ship’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Schiffer ‘boatman’ ‘skipper’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish female personal name Shifre derived from a Hebrew word meaning ‘beautiful’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Schaffer, Schiefer, Schiffler, Schiff, Schaefer, Schipper, Schaffter

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Where is the Schiffer family from?

You can see how Schiffer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schiffer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Schiffer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 95 Schiffer families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Schiffer's in USA. New York had the highest population of Schiffer families in 1880.
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What did your Schiffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Schiffer. 14% of Schiffer men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Schiffer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schiffer were Carpenter and New Worker. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • New Worker
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Schiffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schiffer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Schiffer. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Schiffer. For the veterans among your Schiffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schiffer lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Schiffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Schiffer in 1942 was 23, and 87 in 2004.

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