Schimmer Family History

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Schimmer Name Meaning

German: probably a topographic name; it is found as the first element in compound topographic names, but its meaning is unclear. There are several places called Schimm, for example near Wismar and near Osnabrück, and in some instances the surname may be habitational. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental from German Schimmer ‘glimmer’, ‘shimmer’.

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

Similar surnames: Schimmel, Simmer, Schemmer, Schirmer, Schier, Schwimmer, Schiffer

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Schimmer Family Origin

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Schimmer Family Occupations

What did your Schimmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Schimmer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Schimmer's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Schimmer family was Brick Layer. Farmer, Laborer and Baker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schimmer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Baker

  • Brick Layer


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Schimmer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Schimmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schimmer 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 862 immigration records available for the last name Schimmer. 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 992 military records available for the last name Schimmer. For the veterans among your Schimmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schimmer Life Expectancy

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Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Schimmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Schimmer in 1959 was 49, and 57 in 2004.

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