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Schiffman Name Meaning

German (Schiffmann): occupational name for a shipman (see Schiffer). Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Schiff ‘ship’ + Mann ‘man’, an ornamental name or possibly denoting someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a ship.

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

Similar surnames: Schiff, Schiffer, Shiffman, Schutzman, Schlotman, Schatzman, Schulman

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Where is the Schiffman family from?

You can see how Schiffman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schiffman family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Schiffman families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 30 Schiffman families living in Wisconsin. This was about 28% of all the recorded Schiffman's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Schiffman families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Schiffman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Schiffman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Schiffman. 23% of Schiffman men worked as a Salesman and 14% of Schiffman women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schiffman were Manager and Stenographer.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Proprietor
  • Laborer
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Schiffman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schiffman 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Schiffman. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Schiffman. For the veterans among your Schiffman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schiffman lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Schiffman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Schiffman in 1948 was 48, and 80 in 2004.

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