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Schleifer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a grinder (of knives scissors and the like) from an agent derivative of Middle High German slīfen German schleifen ‘to grind’. German: habitational name for someone from Schleife in Silesia.

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

Similar surnames: Schleimer, Scheiner, Schleif, Schreier, Schaefer, Schleider

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Where is the Schleifer family from?

You can see how Schleifer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schleifer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Schleifer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 13 Schleifer families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Schleifer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Schleifer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Schleifer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Schleifer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Schleifer. 12% of Schleifer men worked as a Salesman and 28% of Schleifer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schleifer were Proprietor and Clerk. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Bookkeeper
  • Saleslady
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Schleifer. 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 Schleifer. For the veterans among your Schleifer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schleifer lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Schleifer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Schleifer in 1957 was 57, and 86 in 2004.

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